Beauty and the Beast returns to Chicago

March 23, 2010 10:08:51 AM PDT
Audiences around the world have been enchanted by the timeless tale of Belle whose love transforms a cursed beast into a man.

(RELEASE) And now Chicago audiences will have another chance to see and hear the classic story, as Disney's Beauty and the Beast returns to the Cadillac Palace Theatre through April 4. The musical inspired by the Disney animated film has become an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries.

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.

Liz Shivener plays Belle and Justin Glaser is the Beast in this touring production of the hit musical that features the animated film's Academy Award®-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman. Additional songs were created 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.

"It has been wonderful to bring the entire original design team back together to work on this new production of Beauty and the Beast," says Director Rob Roth. "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."

You can get tickets at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St. and 18 W. Monroe St.), through the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000. For more information, visit BeautyAndTheBeastOnTour.com or BroadwayInChicago.com


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