• Pamela Froman

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast the Musical is a popular adaption of the classic fairy tale and Disney film. Casa 0101 Theatre in Boyle Heights treats its audience to a stunning, yet cozy and intimate production that allows the audience to feel like they are immersed within the story.

The quality of the performances was phenomenal and really brought this popular Broadway musical to life. The cast of the show is multicultural and local to the community, with the aim of bringing out the entire community together for amazing night of family theatre.

Andrea Somera plays Belle, our smart, plucky heroine. She shines in the role with a beautiful voice and spectacular performance. Belle is an extremely positive role model, with her love of books and learning, and her ability to see what is within. Omar Mata is the Beast, the monster with a heart of gold, who must learn to love and be loved in return. He played the role with style and flair, along with his beautiful voice. We are drawn into the story as these two characters find love within each other.

The evil twosome of Gaston and LeFou (played by Andreas Pantazis and Maxwell Peters respectively) were the characters that definitely stole the show. Their comedic timing was utterly amazing, as Gaston preened across the the stage and LeFou was knocked around in every direction.

More fun with the cast included Jesse Maldonado as the selfish Prince who becomes a Beast, and Madame de la Grande Bouche, our wardrobe with an operetta past, who was played by Allison Flanagan – she was hilarious. Jacquelin Schofield was Mrs. Potts – her voice was amazing – and Chip was played by Sean Vargas. Caleb Green was Lumiere, and his presence onstage was arresting and so funny especially in his scenes with Babette, played by Rosa Navarrete – she sashayed across the stage with flair. And of course Henry Alexander Kelly as Cogsworth brings the watch's uptight personality to life! The chemistry among the cast was amazing,

The costumes in this production – created by Jermaine Alvarado, Andy Ayala, and Jules Bronola – were utterly beautiful. One of the best was Mrs Potts. The teapot feel was utterly authentic. The Beast costume was a great mix between scary and human, and Cogsworth and Lumiere really captured the character's essence. And of course, Belle's yellow dress was perfect!

Iconic performances were the rendition of “Be Our Guest.” This production nailed it as the ensemble cast danced around the stage as plates, forks, salt and pepper shakers and more. The staging was incredible and the the show was a fun time for all – complete with confetti!

The singing of the musical number “Beauty and the Beast” was a romantic and stunning engagement as Jacquelin Schofield set the scene with her beautiful voice. We are drawn into the romance between Belle and the Beast, and of course the music was amazing.

Kudos should go out to director Rigo Tejeda, who has received critical acclaim for his work, the production team and the entire ensemble cast who truly brought this “tale as old as time” to life!

This show is perfect for families. Tickets are $35 per person for General Admission, $30 for students and seniors, and $25 for Boyle Heights residents and children 10 and under. Beauty and the Beast runs through January 21, 2018.

Dinner and theatre packages are available at Casa Fina Restaurant and Cantina, down the street from the theatre, located at 1842 E. First St., in Boyle Heights. Premium dinners are an additional $25 to your ticket price, regular dinners are an additional $15, and deserts are $5 additional.

Casa 0101 is located at 2102 E. First St., in Boyle Heights. For tickets, call the Casa 0101 Box Office at (323) 263-7684 or log onto

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