Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was the first ever Broadway production to perform in Indonesia. The shows ran from 26 May to 7 June 2015 as part of their world tour at the newly opened Ciputra Artpreneur Theatre, Indonesia’s first international-standard theatre. The venue is part of a shopping mall in Central Jakarta, just like Singapore’s Mastercard Theatres in MBS, only this one can be difficult to access if you don’t know the tricks. I went to see the 5 June evening show. It was almost full house, though I suspected many came on complimentary tickets, like I did.

The show itself was as what you’d expect from a Broadway production. I think all of the cast performed very well. They and all the props provided great introduction to world class production of a musical theatre. Children were very much entertained by the colourful costumes and the singing and dancing, in addition to the already famous story. I could only hope that this would lead to more international musical production coming to perform in Jakarta. The tickets were too expensive for Indonesian standard, though. Die-hard musical fans may be willing to pay, but even rich Jakartans are likely to think twice before deciding to buy the tickets.

Beauty and the Beast
Ciputra Artpreneur Theatre, Jakarta
5 June 2015 evening
Belle: Hilary Maiberger
Beast: Darick Pead
Gaston: Adam Dietlein
LeFou: Jordan Aragon
Mrs Potts: Emily Mattheson

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