We always knew that the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast was going to deliver, especially after it waltzed straight the top of the US box office on its first weekend and surpassed Mamma Mia to become the biggest musical of all time at the UK box office.
So it’s no surprise that Bill Condon’s reimagining is getting the ‘Films in Concert’ treatment at the Royal Albert Hall this winter. Don’t believe us? Ask the dishes…
This December, the Emma Watson and Dan Stevens-fronted film will be screened in full and with the stars’ memorable vocals intact, as the entire musical score is performed live on stage by a full symphony orchestra.
Lucy Noble, the Royal Albert Hall’s artistic director, said: “The Films in Concert series has become a genuine phenomenon: a chance for audiences to experience a movie in a whole new way.
“Beauty and the Beast is an instant classic with everything we look for when staging these events: an enthusiastic following, a great story on a large scale, and a simply unforgettable score.
“We’re so honoured to host the European premiere of the film as a live concert experience, bringing Alan Menken’s remarkable music to centre stage, where it truly belongs.”
The event on Saturday, December 9 follows other smash-hit musical movie experiences for all the family at the Hall, including Ratatouille in Concert and Frozen Sing-Along. Disney Fantasia: Live in Concert is also coming up in October.
Tickets for the Royal Albert Hall’s special cinematic event go on sale at 10am on Friday (June 23) from www.royalalberthall.com. Tickets cost between £30 and £60.
Beauty and the Beast recently became the biggest film of 2017 so far, taking in nearly £40 million by its second weekend of release at the UK box office.
And according to Collider, Beauty and the Beast made it to seventh place in the list of the biggest US openings of all time on its opening weekend – as well as breaking the US record for the biggest opening for a PG-rated movie EVER.
While it dances off with all its money, it looks like the film will not get a sequel as Disney are wary after the negative reception of Alice Through the Looking Glass. However, the company is apparently open to exploring “possible spin-off and prequel scenarios”.
Beauty and the Beast stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, supported by an all-star cast including Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Kline, Audra McDonald, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Stanley Tucci and Ian McKellen.
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