The revamped-rewritten musical "The Tale of the Beauty and the Tail of the Beast" will be staged by Belfast's Lyric Theater and sounds like a lot of fun.
Essentially, it's Madame LePrince de Beaumont's Beauty and the Beast as performed by an 18th century traveling theater troupe with all the players preoccupied with their own personal stories, resulting in a (smartly put-together) comedy of errors.
Paul Boyd is well known for his excellent musical adaptations of fairy tales in the UK. You can find out more about Paul HERE.From the Lyric Theater's UK website:
This fun-filled musical follows an 18th century acting troupe, Monsieur Affable’s Performing Players, one of whom has gone missing, another has delusions of grandeur and all are reading from a script that is entirely in the wrong order. This well known tale is given a hilarious and unusual twist. The multi-talented cast plays numerous roles delivering some of Paul Boyd’s funniest lines, cleverest lyrics and most captivating score.
Live music, played on stage by the actor-musicians wielding an impressive variety of instruments, is an integral part of the play and is a hailed aspect of the production. Here's a lovely preview (of the music) in the new 2009/2010 trailer: