Apr 5, 2011

"Beauty and the Beast" at the Oriental Theatre

Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite Disney movies and it translates onto the stage beautifully.  I've seen it several times in youth theaters and a Broadway production of it YEARS ago.  It is a great show for all ages though the Beast can be a little loud and scare for super sensitive little ones.  My favorite characters are Mrs Potts and Chip.  But all of the characters are so wonderful and fun.  And the music is phenomenal. 

I'm totally available if you need someone to join you for this show!!

Beauty and the Beast is returning to Chicago
JUNE 29 -AUG. 7, 2011


CHICAGO (April 5, 2011) – Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce that DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, is returning to Chicago after playing a sold out engagement in April, 2010. Produced by NETworks Presentations, this elaborate theatrical production will come to life on stage at the Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph) for a limited six-week engagement June 29 – Aug. 7, 2011. Tickets for DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST go on sale this Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 10 a.m.

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 the DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 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 says, “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 more than 35 million people worldwide in 21 countries.

The performance schedule for DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is as follows:

Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                             Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sundays at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST start at $18 and go on sale on this Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 10 a.m. A select number of premium seats are also available. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Kiosk at Water Tower Place (845 N. Michigan Ave.), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations (including Hot Tix and select Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts and fye stores), and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com.  Groups of 15 or more may receive a discount on most shows by calling (312) 977-1710.  Gift certificates, which can be redeemed for any production or for season ticket packages, can be obtained at Broadway In Chicago box offices, www.BroadwayInChicago.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 775-2000.

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