'Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage' returns to Disney's Hollywood Studios

Aug 16, 2021 in "Beauty and the Beast -- Live on Stage"

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Posted: Monday August 16, 2021 8:57am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

'Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage' is back at Disney's Hollywood Studios following a 16-month break due to COVID-19.

You can see the finale of the very first show from yesterday below (View the entire first show in 4K YouTube.)

As we have seen at the Festival of the Lion King, the show has been reworked to eliminate any close contact between performers, most noticeable in the closing scene with Belle and the Beast remaining at 6 feet of spacing.

It was an emotional day for many of the cast and crew at Theater of the Stars, with some of the production crew in tears at the end of the first show.

In addition to the performers on stage, 'Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage' employs a large crew including stage techs, cosmetologists, costuming, and more - many of which have been out of work for more than a year.

Click the gallery to see more pictures from the opening show of 'Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage.'

Showtimes for 'Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage' are 11am, 1 pm, 2pm, 4pm and 5pm daily.

Although the show takes place outdoors, masks are still required following the latest Walt Disney World health and safety requirements.

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RSoxNo1Aug 03, 2022

Glad to see the full show is back, but in reality this space could use a new show.

Disney AnalystAug 02, 2022

Retro as in… dated and stale? Everyone is entitled to like or dislike something. I find it shocking anyone would support a stage show with BATB’s quality lingering this long.

WondersOfLifeAug 02, 2022

BATB is dated in every aspect. Look at what Tokyo(?) And Disney cruise line did with beauty and the beast in comparison. This one is one of Disney's cheapest mainstage shows. The Hunchback show that used to play here would feel less dated today than this. It's time for something new. Festival of the Lion King was designed in a way that will never get dated.

mm52200Aug 02, 2022

It doesn’t have a retro feel, it has a dated and tired feel. Same high school theatre backdrops being used since 1991. No one complains about FoLK because it genuinely doesn’t feel it’s age. It’s a far more elaborate production that has been continuously upgraded production wise over the years and still feels brand new.

jrhwdwAug 02, 2022

Like Enchantment????? Look I like Enchantment but I don’t understand why people hate on BATB!!!! it was made in 1991, during the same Era as Spectro no less! It has that Retro feel to it, same with FOTLK, and No One Complains about that 1998 Show!!!!

Disney AnalystAug 01, 2022

Good news. now end the run and give DHS a new show suited for a 2022 audience, paying 2022 admission prices.

DznyGrlSDAug 01, 2022

fantastic news! The 'distanced' version was awful

WondersOfLifeAug 01, 2022

Agreed and acknowledged. Glad Disney didn't cheap out on this when they easily could have. A show this old needs every technical aspect it was originally intended to have.

mikejs78Aug 01, 2022

This is great. Disney could easily have removed the distancing but keep the reduced cast. Glad to see that they've restored it back to its former number of performers.

TrainsOfDisneyAug 17, 2021

What is really strange is there are options for alternate live entertainment. Put the Main Street philharmonic on the Castle Stage and let a few costume characters dance around them like they do in Disneyland. Same thing with the closed theaters at DHS and DAK... put together a small show with some equity performers and musicians. They could have citizens of Hollywood and / or comedy warehouse at studios and a version of adventurers club at animal kingdom.

mm52200Aug 17, 2021

Ops and higher ups don’t want the breezeway closed all day. MRFF would reopen it between every show and had to get special permission to keep it closed between shows if something happened.

jrhwdwAug 17, 2021

I could be totally wrong here but can't the cast space out in the entire Castle Walkthrough??? MK closes both sides of the Castle for Shows/HEA/OUAT.

mm52200Aug 17, 2021

A year ago when the parks were reopening, modified versions of FoLK, BatB, and Epic were all being prepared to open. Ultimately they didn’t happen at the time due to the equity disputes, and by the time those were settled company priorities had changed(didn’t want to spend the money anymore). So these are happening because they already had the plans, just took over a year to happen. Studios NEEDS their shows for additional capacity. MRFF/the castle stage doesn’t have the room to properly distance backstage for the cast. Nemo at DAK just wasn’t deemed a priority at the time.