Yesterday we all went to see "Beauty and the Beast" with Katya's class. It's the "real" Broadway production -- translated into Russian. I was wary of seeing it in translation, but the language geek in me lapped up every brilliantly chosen Russian play-on-words, rhyme and image. I know all the songs by heart in English, so I found myself analyzing the translation throughout the production -- and loving every minute of it.
I tried to find copies of the songs in Russian, but they're not easily located... The only example I can readily recall is that "Be Our Guest" became "Вы Наш Гост," wonderfully preserving the mono-syllabic stress necessary for Lumiere's cabaret number.
I highly recommend the production to anyone, even families in Moscow who don't speak Russian. Provided that you've seen the Disney movie, you'll have no trouble following along. The scenery, costumes, singing and acting are phenomenal!
Our kids even got a backstage tour, thanks to connections through one of the moms... I told Natalia, thinking she'd be quite excited.... She was, until she realized that joining the cast on stage wasn't exactly part of their special treatment...! Reminds me of when Katya thought that we were taking her to the Bolshoi Theater (for her 4th birthday... Keep in mind how cheaply you can sometimes find tickets...) so that she could PERFORM -- and she insisted on continuing her stretching and exercises in the buffet area during intermission...
Here are some pictures from the official website: