Beauty and the Beast – An Evening With Belle
In those big city nights
In those high rolling hills
Above all the lights
With a passion that kills
Seger’s lyrics certainly describe Hollywood. What a thrill it was for me there as part of Disney Bloggers Press Day to see its glamor and tinsel once again! What an agenda for me–hot sets, studio tours, private screenings, autographs, souvenirs, sketches done by Disney animators, ballroom dancing lessons, and, best of all, dinner with Paige O’Hara, the voice of Belle!
Tale as Old as Time, The Art and Making of Beauty and the Beast by Charles Solomon describes Paige O’Hara as the actress who could create the character using only her voice. He goes on say, “She had a unique quality, some little pitch or tone she would hit that made her special.”
Special Paige O’Hara AKA Beauty AKA Belle is. The timbre, resonance, and range of her voice remain obvious to the listener, this time luckily me. Who would expect anything less from a professional whose career in Broadway, opera, concert stage, and records is stellar? This lady’s talent knows no bounds.
I, like the athromorphic cast in Beauty and the Beast, become enchanted by Paige as soon as I am introduced to her. Warm, friendly, personable unlike so many big name stars, this lady is a real person. I listen to her stories of dreams, aspirations, and hopes with fascination.
Besides Paige’s ever active career, she is undertaking a new one in art. She has joined Disney and created her own art in pieces like Little Town, Daydreams, and Belle by Belle (copy of this work next to Paige’s photo above). Her site, www.paigeohara.net/, describes her as a woman who can create a masterpiece with her voice–and with her paintbrush. ‘Tis true. She is my kind of star.
Beauty and the Beast is more than just another big elaborate movie. Its youthful energy makes it a cutting edge film with music ever advancing plot. It is no wonder that it garnered so many Academy Award nominations then won two Academy Awards. Its artwork and casting are genius. See for yourself on Beauty & the Beast: Diamond Ed Blu-ray + DVD Combo, available in stores and online October 5, 2010. Its MSRP is $39.99.