Beauty and the Beast Casts a Spell at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

Enchantment is in the air with the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s new production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.”

The play, based on Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated film and Tony Award-winning stage musical is pure magic with delightful songs, clever costumes and plenty of razzle-dazzle.

The performance is directed and choreographed by Rachel Rockwell (who also directed CST’s 2011 family musical, “The Adventures of Pinocchio”) with music direction by Doug Peck. It includes all the songs you have come to love from the original movie such as “Be our Guest,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” but also includes several new songs (written and composed by Alan Mencken and Tim Rice), which are equally as charming. Emily Rohm is outstanding as wide-eyed Belle and William Travis Taylor makes a convincing Beast, but for this reviewer it is Bernie Yvon, as Lumiere, who steals the show though Jake Klinkhammer’s Gaston is a close runner-up.

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” runs through August 26 at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at Navy Pier. Tickets range from $18-$25 making this play an “affordable, must-see” experience for families. The 70 minute show is recommended for children ages 5 and up. Visit the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre for information about tickets, show times and related activities.