Enjoy The Magic Of “Beauty And The Beast” At Pantages Through April 7

Friday, 29 Mar 2013, 8:12:00 AM

Brenton Garen

Hilary Maiberger as Belle and Darick Pead as Beast in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” on stage at the Pantages through April 7.
Photo by Joan Marcus
Hilary Maiberger as Belle and Darick Pead as Beast in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” on stage at the Pantages through April 7.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” opened at the Pantages

Theatre in Hollywood Tuesday night for a limited two week engagement through

April 7.

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

Pantages.

“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

into another.”

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.

Tickets may also be purchased online at www.HollywoodPantages.com or www.Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800.982.2787. 

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