If any of you remember Degrassi: The Next Generation back in its prime, there was this character Craig Manning. And that my friends, happen to be Jake Epstein and I was totally smitten with him for a while. Actually he was in another show called The Zack Files and I thought he was such a cutie. HAHAHA.
Anyway I went to watch Beauty & The Beast – a Ross Petty Production at the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre last night with Mr.S and OMG it was awesome! Mr.S who is NOT a fan of musicals (really, I think he secretly does – he bought Sing It and sang along with me) really enjoyed it!
First of all, a brief background on these Ross Petty productions, they have titles from Disney classics but they are more pantomime-ish and actually isn’t like the actual Disney plot. For this one, the plot is about these students in a drama class. Their teacher did not like what they put on so they were thinking up a new play so they a girl suggested the love story between her great great great grandparents.
A few notable songs are Baby (Justin Bieber), Bad Romance (Lady Gaga), Taking Chances (Celine Dion), Memories (Barbra Streisand) among others. And to add to my note earlier – about how it is unrelated to the actual Disney plot – they had two awesome characters: Buskin Biever and Lady Baa Baa. Does this sound familiar to you? Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. Hahaha and I think Lisa Lennox who played Lady Baa Baa was great!
The worst part about the play was Melissa O’Neil. No offense but she has the most annoying voice ever. Ok, I lie – it’s not the most annoying but one of the most annoying. And I know Jake isn’t that great of a singer (he sings like he’s in a rock band) but her singing was only so-so from someone who came from Canadian Idol. Maybe I’m biased but I just hate annoying voices like that. I liken it to Vanessa Hudgens on crack.
Anyway, other than Melissa, it’s was great family fun. And there’s lots of comedy and interaction with the audience that I love. Since I was sitting on the 3rd row in the centre, I was loved it even more! I got to see Jake Epstein up-close; finally! After all those years of wanting to see him as a teenager. Hurhur..
Here are some pictures, I didn’t take much as I wasn’t sure if I was ALLOWED to or not… but yeah 😉
I leave you with a picture (stolen from the internet somewhere) of Ross Petty dressed like Lady Gaga doing a rendition of Bad Romance, and it was awesome!!!
And PS I have like the best boyfriend ever – for many reasons!
Anyway, questions for you guys: Have you been to a musical? And what are your favourites that you’ve seen? Any plans on watching any in the future? I loved Wicked and still remains my favourite. IF ONLY the original Wicked cast was there at that time.. ah well. Plus, on top of that -I wish I could turn back time- moment, is if I could go watch Cinderella (Ross Petty) with Jake Epstein and Paula Brancati.. saw some pictures and she looks gorgeous and she’s NOT annoying like Melissa at all. Love her!