Beauty and the Beast Comes to Harris Center November 21-26
● By Brenna McGowan
A North American
national touring production Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the
award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to Harris
Center for the Arts in Folsom as a special part of the 2014-15 season.
Produced by NETworks Presentations, this elaborate theatrical production will come to life on stage from November 21- 26 for eight performances, and will please audiences of all ages.
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 composed by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda Woolverton. According to the Providence Journal, it’s “Musical theater that sparkles.”
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.
The original Broadway creative team has been reunited to collaborate on this new production of this timeless smash hit Broadway musical. Rob Roth, who directed the Broadway premiere and is back at the helm for the new tour, says that the “story of the show is about seeing past the exterior of a person and into his or her heart.” He says that conveying that feeling is key to any production of Beauty. “What’s fresh about the tour” he adds, “is not just the timeless moral but a new approach to the visuals.”Audiences will delight in the eye-popping storybook shapes and colors that Meyer and the other original-version designers have re-imagined. The production’s look, adds Meyer, “is more evocative of whimsy and very, very romantic.”
Based on the 1991 Academy Award®-winning animated feature film and celebrating 20 years since its Broadway premiere in 1994, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has become an international sensation that has been seen by over 35 million people worldwide in 22 countries, and has been translated into 9 different languages. This production launched in February 2010 and has been seen by 2.5 million people while playing over 1,000 performances in all 50 United States and 6 Canadian Provinces. Currently, there are four other productions playing around the world including Paris, tours in Japan and Germany, and a new international tour that currently will visit over 12 countries in two years. For additional information, visit BeautyAndTheBeastOnTour.com.
NETworks production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast will be performed from Friday, November 21 through Wednesday, November 26. Dates and times are listed below. Tickets start at $49; Premium $89. 10% discount is offered for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for single! Tickets are available online at harriscenter.net or from the Harris Center Ticket Office at 916-608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.
Post information and picture courtesy of Harris Center.