La Bete Broadway
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Show Quick Facts
- La Bete Broadway was the hit revival of this Broadway comedy which originally debuted in 1991.
- La Bete NYC starred award-winning actors Mark Rylance, David Hyde Pierce and Joanna Lumley.
- La Bete on Broadway performed 101 times at the Music Box Theatre in Midtown Manhattan.
Oct. 14, 2010- Jan. 9, 2011
Music Box Theatre
239 W 45th St
New York, New York 10036
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Broadway Satire Mixes High-Brow Language With Low-Brow Laughs
Features: La Bete Broadway enjoyed a successful 2010 revival of this 17th-Century theater satire. Starring David Hyde Pierce of "Frasier," as well as scene-stealer Mark Rylance as the misbegotten lead playwright, Valere, La Bete Broadway closed in January of 2011.
Why We Go: La Bete NYC was written by David Hirson, who takes the bold - and impressive - strategy of using rhyming couplets entirely through this Broadway comedy. Combined with the veteran Broadway actors and beautiful set designs, La Bete the play was a NYC hit on Broadway.
- Lengthy Monologues: The opening monologue of La Bete Broadway is performed by the main character, Valere, and extends more than 400 lines. The lengthy monologues in this Broadway comedy give the award-winning actors of La Bete NYC - Mark Rylance, David Hyde Pierce and Joanna Lumley - the chance to show off their great talents to the audience.
- Low-Brow Comedy: While La Bete the play is based on the theme of high-brow art versus low-brow entertainment, the laughs in this hit Broadway play are decidedly slapstick and vulgar. In La Bete NYC, low-brow wins out.
Inside Knowledge: Few modern Broadway plays attempt what La Bete NYC successfully pulls off - an entire play in rhyming sonnet form. If you are a fan of classic Broadway entertainment, than La Bete on Broadway is perfect for you.
Do's and Don'ts:
- Do Expect to Laugh: The laughs come early and often in La Bete Broadway, with the clever rhyming schemes making this a unique modern comedy on Broadway.
- Do Use the Restroom Before the Show: The running time of La Bete NYC is 1 hour and 45 minutes, with no intermission. Make sure to use the restroom beforehand so you don't miss a minute of this brilliant Broadway play.
- Don't Miss the Costumes: The costumes and sets of La Bete on Broadway are fantastic, making the audience truly feel that this theater satire set in 1654 France is from the 17th-Century.
- Don't Bring the Young Ones: While La Bete Broadway isn't especially adult in nature, the rhyming couplets and old English may be a bit tough for young children to process. We recommend leaving the youngest ones at home for this NYC Broadway comedy.