The epic Broadway musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, is now playing at the SHN Curran theatre in San Francisco. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and features the Bay Area’s own Jordan Aragon on his National Tour debut.
Jordan is from Fremont and plays Gaston's diminutive, bumbling sidekick LeFou. He admires his boss and "friend" Gaston and is loyal to him, despite the frequent abuse and torment. His name is French for "The Madman", and also a phonetic pun on "The Fool". Besides putting up with the disrespect, LeFou is much smarter than he looks-he pulls off a couple tricks that add a definitive twist to the love story.
Jordan took some time to answer some questions from the Examiner:
Examiner: What is your theater background?
Jordan: In junior high school, I "caught the bug" and began training and performing with StarStruck Theatre in Fremont. A few years later, when I realized I could study Musical Theatre in college, I auditioned and was accepted into the Ray Bolger Musical Theatre Program at UCLA.
Examiner: How did you come to be cast as LeFou?
Jordan: The skill set for Lefou is specific: an aptitude for tumbling and a slapstick sensibility. With a background in gymnastics and an admiration for physical comedians like Donald O'Connor, I had been training for this role before I knew I wanted to!
Examiner: Is a bumbling, meddling fool a challenging character to play?
Jordan: Although the slapstick humor is physically demanding to repeat on a nightly basis, I get to lead one of the most rousing numbers in the show and make people laugh.
Examiner: How does it feel to be playing in your hometown?
Jordan: Performing at the Curran with such a fantastic production is a dream come true. I grew up seeing touring shows in San Francisco, so to be back just a few years later on the other side of the curtain feels like I've come full circle! Be Our Guest is an extravaganza; the cast gives an amazing performance that leaves me (and the audience) grinning ear to ear every night. I love that this live production captures the spirit and the magic of the original animated film.
You can enjoy the extravaganza with your family December 21-January 5th. The production is two and a half hours with a fifteen minute intermission and is recommended for children five and over. Tickets feature dynamic pricing and are available online.
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