THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
|German first-night performance in the
Uwe Kroeger in the role as the "Beast".
December 1997 till February 1999 - original cast.
THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
The story of an enchanted prince, who in the form of a Beast must learn first to love and then to be loved, before being freed of the curse.
Südwestpresse / 1997-12-06
..... Uwe Kroeger doesnít offer a standard
Disney version, but a Beast with an individual note. The Stuttgart copy
isn't domesticated, not a house or castle pet, but an aggressive, slavering
disgusting creature. Uwe Kroeger resists his inclination not to sing straight
ahead and to bevel his tones. The hit of the musical is the song directly
before the recess (" dedicated to the Death, if I cannot love "). Alan
Menken formed this with an hymnal emphasis (itís catchy, but has an adverse
Musicals / February 1998
..... And the ensemble? It pleases. The
interest of the confirmed Musical fans focuses presumably on Uwe Kroeger,
whose engagement for the male leading role astonished many. All of those
who did not believe that the audiences starling was capable of the Beast,
will see their expectations not confirmed. Admittedly: Kroeger looks like
the Beast, performs like the Beast and still isn't a dangerous monster.
It becomes rapidly noticeable, that behind this (to a certain degree) horrible
mask, thereís a man hiding. This not quite usual role-portrait, is however,
convincing. Kroeger particularly enjoys going after Belle, to win her over
for himself, in which the comedy doesn't lose out.
Leipziger Volkszeitung / 1997-12-08
..... the soloists are particularily excellent
. Germany's Musicalstar Uwe Kroeger plays the Beast in a repulsive mask,
not without tragedy-comic. The 33-year proves that after playing successes
"Elisabeth", "Miss Saigon" and "Sunset Boulevard", that heís also capable
without the Sunnyboy image. .....
Esslinger Zeitung / 1997-12-08
..... Uwe Kroeger in the first cast as
Beast is a mature performer, who is able to also vocally break out of the
tight corset of musicals. .....
Darmstädter Echo / 1997-12-08
..... The singing and dramatic main load
in this poetic show, are really carried by the leading roles - Leah Delos
Santos as the soft girlish Belle, Uwe Kroeger as the Beast with his protruding
voice and wonderful body control. .....
Stuttgarter Wochenblatt / 1997-12-11
..... Uwe Kroeger proves himself to be
the beast through courage of ugliness, but not only this, he expressively
and convincingly sang and acted in this game of the enchanted prince. .....