Classic Disney Story Coming to TPAC

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The award-winning Broadway musical Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will return to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall for a limited, one-week engagement May 31 – June 5. Families will enjoy the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, 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.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast comes to life on stage with beloved characters and unforgettable songs. This is a show that the entire family can experience together,” said Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC’s president and chief executive officer. “Given the show’s popularity in Nashville over the years, we wanted to give audiences another chance to see the magical production while it was still touring across North America.”

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast features the 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.

The original creators of the Broadway production have reunited 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 (five-time Tony Award winner), scenic design by Stanley A. Meyer, sound design by John Petrafesa Jr., and music supervision by Michael Kosarin.

Based on the 1991 Academy Award-winning animated feature film and celebrating 21 years since its Broadway premiere in 1994, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the ninth longest-running musical in Broadway history that has become an international sensation seen by over 35 million people worldwide in 22 countries, and translated into nine different languages. This touring production launched in February 2010 and has been seen by more than three million people while playing over 1,750 performances in all 50 United States and eight Canadian Provinces.

For information on the production, visit www.BeautyAndTheBeastOnTour.com.

Pictured: Brooke Quintana as Belle and the cast of DISNEY’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Photo by Matthew Murphy