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Quick thought about "Gaston" 
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I read an interesting post on another forum. The poster was arguing that the song "Gaston" is unneccessary because by that point in the show, Gaston's character has already been pretty fully developed, and the audience doesn't learn anything from it that they didn't already know. I thought this was a very interesting take, and I wanted to share it with the rest of you.

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Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:56 pm
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I think Gaston is partly there for comedy relief. I mean in the scene before that you have Belle get torn away from her father and decided to live her life out in the castle.

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It's absolutely there for comedic relief, but it also gives a means for Gaston to hatch a plan to kidnap Maurice etc. Also, it's a highlight from the Disney film that almost all audiences expect to see when going to see the show.

And lastly, not that this matters, but as a former Lefou, it's basically Lefou's moment to shine :)

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Apples2for10 wrote:
...the audience doesn't learn from it that they didn't already know.


Here's my response from an old thread of yours discussing why Human Again is in the show. Your reason was the same as this one - the audience doesn't learn anything new.

Luc wrote:
So, if they cut all of the songs that describe to the audience what they arleady know, they would have to cut:

ME - they already know Gaston wants to propose to Belle
HOME - they already know Belle doesn't want to be in the castle
GASTON - they already know he's popular
BE OUR GUEST - they already know they're eating supper
IF I CAN'T LOVE HER - they know the Beast is sad
SOMETHING THERE - they already know the Beast & Belle are in love
HUMAN AGAIN - [your reason]
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - they already know they're in love
A CHANGE IN ME - they arleady know Belle has been changed
MOB SONG - they know Gaston wants to kill the Beast
END DUET - they know Belle doesn't want him to die
BATB (Reprise) - they already know all is well again

Wouldn't it be a really short show?


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I think that's a good point made by Luc. Sometimes (if not most times) the audience is well aware of what is happening before the song makes it more apparent. But I do think the songs show a deeper insight into the characters. And well, obviously it would be a VERY short show without the songs and it wouldn't be a musical so we probably wouldn't be interested.

I think it's there to enhance the fact that whatever Gaston does, goes. He's idolized be everyone, even if he's the villain and everyone (including himself) thinks he's the greatest. It also shows what is going on back in the village while Belle's at the castle. It also gives Gaston a time to evolve a plan, as Jman383 said and I have to agree it is Lefou's time to shine! :D

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I think comedic relief is the best answer. also, the audience always loves a fun number....and come on, that scene is very entertaining :D

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There is more reasons to have a musical song than just to deliver critical information that the audience doesnt know about already. You could develop characters, show how a character reacts to ceartain info or events, you could depend emotions and more. So if a song is there its probebly there for one or more reasons.

From an writer standpoint I must say its much more interesting to try and figure out why a song is in that particular place than finding reasons to why it shouldnt be there. But that just my two cents.

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Yes, it's there for comedic relief, but it's also used as a huge dance number. I just saw BATB On Tour, and they had this really fun choreography in which everybody clinked their mugs in time with the music.

And yes, definitely LeFou's moment to shine.

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kicklinequeen wrote:
Yes, it's there for comedic relief, but it's also used as a huge dance number. I just saw BATB On Tour, and they had this really fun choreography in which everybody clinked their mugs in time with the music.

And yes, definitely LeFou's moment to shine.


I love the choreography in that bit.

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~Masquerade Dancer~ wrote:
kicklinequeen wrote:
Yes, it's there for comedic relief, but it's also used as a huge dance number. I just saw BATB On Tour, and they had this really fun choreography in which everybody clinked their mugs in time with the music.

And yes, definitely LeFou's moment to shine.


I love the choreography in that bit.


Did you see it? I personally thought Liz Shivener did wonderfully as Belle, and the Silly Girls were hilarious and played off of each other quite nicely.

Since you're in the show, do you have any tips for my audition next week? I'm auditioning for a Silly Girl and the ensemble, and any insight you have would be wonderful! I actually have a post in the Auditions forum, here's the link:

http://musicals.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=78747

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