One very important lesson i learnt from Beauty and the Beast was that you need some sort of item, in which case Belle loved her books as there take her away from the real world and transform her ordinary lifestyle to one that is full of knights in shining armour and romance.
To me, musicals do the same.
Barely a month ago, i was transformed to the 50s of Penang and Singapore during the era of P Ramlee. Yesterday night, i was thrown back to the cartoon that i last watched in Primary 2. The familiar characters of the candlestick Lumiere and the arrogant Gaston bought back an air of familiarity, back to the days when we would rewind the tape over and over again.
Although seating abit far back, despite paying RM175 a ticket, it was a worthwhile experience for i could switch off and hum to the Disney tunes.
SPOILER: The Beast isn't exactly very scary and in fact his character jumps right at the end of the plot when "it" is more humane and remains that way right to the end. The transition was not apparent at all, i am afraid. I suppose it is very hard to just roar his way throughout half the musical but the small attempts in becoming more friendly turned out a bit lame and as soon would say "gay". Other then that, the complaints:
I must say when everyone complains about food and petrol prices going up, the crowd that night definitely didn't show. Bringing children barely able to seat still and know what is Beauty and the Beast isn't exactly the brightest things to do. I admit, we should start young but not THAT young. I suppose the Disney side of the musical attracted the young children as they came in masses. Having small kids moving up and down, asking this and that wasn't what i expected in a musical.
After paying RM15 for the P Ramlee programme booklet, i was shocked that the Beauty and the Beast was selling theirs for RM30! T shirts (the same quality when our Young Enterprise sold in our school drama "Grease" which costs us RM12) was sold for RM70! The CD was RM80! Unbelievable.
CAMERAS! Istana Budaya is known for being very strict with cameras and that should be something that KLCC should learn. Camera flashes from every corner throughout the whole musical was atrociously disturbing, people are here to enjoy a piece of art, not being value for money by taking a picture of every damn scene.
The Centre console being infront of me with various monitors was also very disturbing with the lights glaring over. Clearly the place is more comfortable but if you ever watch a musical in KLCC, get seats INFRONT of the console.
The audience doesn't seem to be as warm as the people in Istana Budaya. Despite the bigger crowd, the clapping was mediocre, this actors and actresses strive on the applause, give them what they deserve for entertaining you.
Other then that, i urge those who have not watched musicals to go, to give it a try. Unless you resort to other things to bring you to fantasy.
On the same note of Beauty and the Beast, the Mille Crepe from Food Foundry is a perfect example, well to me.
The first time i had it, it tasted well, bad. Like the Beast i suppose. After all the hype, i found it sweet and it tasted like it was in the fridge for way too long.
So like a bad nightmare, i avoided it at all costs until i felt like having desserts after my RM14 nasi lemak meal. I was proven wrong by being presented the two beauties.
The Chocolate Mille Crepe suited well with a Cafe Latte (although RM9, a slice). I could taste the layers of Crepe without the cream overshadowing the unique texture.