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Beyond ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ imagining the limits of live action musicals

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People walk past a poster for the film "Beauty and the Beast" in Singapore on March 14, 2017.

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Disney's live action adaptation of its animated classic “Beauty and the Beast” opens today.

It’s the latest in a spate of live action musicals cropping up in recent years, from “Into the Woods,” to NBC’s live adaptation and airing of “Peter Pan.” Disney plans similar treatments of “Mulan” and “Mary Poppins,” with the likes of “Hamilton” creator Lin Manuel Miranda.

Adding in this year’s hype of “La La Land” on the silver screen, are we experiencing a renaissance for the live action musical? What have been your favorites? Which ones really missed the mark? Which genres would you like to see live action musical stretch into?


Wade Major, film critic for KPCC and host for IGN’s

Lael Loewenstein, KPCC film critic