Emily Behny and cast

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to Vancouver as part of the Broadway Across Canada series, in partnership with MagicSpace Entertainment.  

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.

Dane Agostinis and Emily Behny
[Dane Agostinis and Emily Behny]
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has become an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 21 countries. Produced by NETworks Presentations, this elaborate theatrical production will come to life on stage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for eight performances only: Wednesday, February 8 through Sunday, February 12, 2012.
This timeless story features the Disney animated film’s Academy Award®-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs and music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The classic tale is written by Linda Woolverton.
The original creators of the Broadway production are back together for this new touring production.
According to 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.”

Beauty and the Beast
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver
Dates: Wednesday, February 8 through Sunday, February 12, 7:30 pm
Saturday: 11 am, 3:30 pm, 8 pm; Sunday, 2 pm
Tickets: On sale now for groups of 10 or more, by phoning 1.800.889.8457.
On sale to the general public starting Monday, December 5, 10 am through Ticketmaster, online, or via phone at 1.855.985.5000.
Prices vary depending on performance, seat location and date of purchase, and start at $25.00 (plus applicable charges).

*Stay tuned as I’ll have a pre-sale code for readers to get the best seats early!*

Photos courtesy of Joan Marcus.

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