Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” opened at the Pantages
Theatre in Hollywood Tuesday night for a limited two week engagement through
The classic Disney story introduces the audience to
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.
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, lighting design by Natasha
Katz, scenic design by Stanley A. Meyer, sound design by John Petrafesa Jr.,
and music supervision by Michael Kosarin.
Roth said he was thrilled for the engagement at
“It has been wonderful to bring the entire original
design team back together to work on this new production of Beauty and the
Beast,” Roth said. “As a director, it is rare to have the opportunity to
revisit your work 15 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.”
Roth said the original production team has remained
close as a team over the years of producing the show around the world.
“It has been so much fun getting together to re-explore
and re-invent the show,” he said. “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
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” has become an
international sensation that has played to more than 35 million people
worldwide in 21 countries.
It 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 Pantages performance schedule is Tuesday through
Thursday at 7:30 pm, Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 2 pm and 8 pm, and Sunday at 1
pm and 6:30 pm.
It has a running time of two hours and 10 minutes plus
intermission and is recommended for all ages. (Note children younger than three
years old will not be admitted into the theatre).
Orchestra level tickets start at just $25.
The Pantages Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood
Boulevard, just east of Vine Street in Hollywood, and the box office opens
daily at 10 am except for holidays.
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