The other night my lovely Grandma Helen treated me to an excellent performance of Beauty and the Beast at the Coronado Theater downtown (she'd never seen it before and kept asking if the two ended up together, but I refused to give away the ending). Gaston sounded exactly like the original Disney version, costumes were a miasma of 18th century, Marie Antoinette-style frills and lace, and "Be Our Guest" was perfect. Belle even wore a bib with Sebastian on it throughout the scene! Disney's coreferentiality to The Little Mermaid - cute touch.
Grandma also bought me TWO early Christmas gifts, about which I am simply pleased as punch: a vintage baby blue cologne bottle that I've decided to use as a vase and a brass-finished plate necklace of a white swan gliding serenely across a lake.
Necklace by Grandmother's Buttons, how appropriate.
All in all it was a great night. We're buds.