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'Beauty and the Beast' returns to the Hippodrome, more or less effectively

'Beauty and the Beast' returns to the Hippodrome, more or less effectively

Being mocked for one's looks or unconventional point of view; stirring up crowds against a perceived threat to society — sounds like just another day in contemporary politics. But such edgy little issues are a key part to the hit musical "Beauty and the Beast," which has worthwhile things to say about looking beneath the surface and finding what counts.

A national touring production of the show is back at the Hippodrome Theatre, three years after its last visit. This isn't the freshest imaginable presentation of "Beauty and the...

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