Disney's Beauty and the Beast, the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to Calgary as part of the Broadway Across Canada season, in partnership with MagicSpace Entertainment. Produced by NETworks Presentations, this elaborate theatrical production will come to life on stage at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, December 27, 2011 - January 1, 2012. For information on the production, visit www.BeautyAndTheBeastOnTour.com.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast features the animated film's Academy Award®-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda Woolverton.
The original creators of the Broadway production are together again for this new touring production! The play is directed by Rob Roth and choreographed by Matt West, with Costume Design by Ann Hould-Ward (Tony Award® winner for her work on Disney's Beauty and the Beast), Lighting Design by Natasha Katz, Scenic Design by Stanley A. Meyer, Sound Design by John Petrafesa Jr. and Music Supervision by Michael Kosarin.
Director Rob Roth: "It has been wonderful to bring the entire original design team back together to work on this new production of Beauty and the Beast. As a director, it is rare to have the opportunity to revisit your work fifteen years later. Hopefully I've grown and developed as an artist, along with my collaborators, and we can bring 15 years of experience to this new production. We have remained very close as a team over the years of producing the show around the world, and it has been so much fun getting together to re-explore and re-invent the show for this new NETworks tour. The theme of ‘Beauty' is about seeing past the exterior into the heart of someone, and this is reflected in the design for the show, which is about transparency and layers, seeing past one thing and into another."
Disney's Beauty and the Beast is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast has become an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 21 countries.
In Calgary Disney's Beauty and the Beast plays Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:00 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for Disney's Beauty and the Beast vary in range depending on performance, seat location, and date of purchase and start at $25.00.
Performances run from December 27, 2011 to January 1, 2012. Tickets go on-sale Monday, October 17 at 10:00am through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.ca or call toll-free 1.855.985.5000. Group orders for 10 or more may be placed by calling 1.800.889.8457.
Broadway Across Canada and Broadway Across America (Producer) is owned and operated by British theatre producer John Gore (CEO) and entertainment industry veteran Thomas B. McGrath (Chairman). Broadway Across Canada in association with Broadway Across America presents first-class touring musicals and plays across 40 North American cities. Under the supervision of Beth Williams (COO & Head of Production), Broadway Across America is also dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse theatre. Current Broadway productions include Promises, Promises; Million Dollar Quartet; Memphis; La Cage aux Folles; and West Side Story. Upcoming productions include How To Succeed in Business... Touring productions include Dreamgirls and Madagascar Live! Please visit www.BroadwayAcrossCanada.ca.
MagicSpace Entertainment is an independent company producing and presenting live entertainment in North America. www.magicspace.net.