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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Returns to Pantages Theatre, 3/26-4/7

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Returns to Pantages Theatre, 3/26-4/7

The Award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical NETworks presents Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST returns by popular demand to the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood for a limited 2 week engagement March 26 - April 7, 2013. This production is produced by NETworks Presentations.

Tickets for Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST may be purchased online at www.HollywoodPantages.com or www.Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-982-2787. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Pantages Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. The Pantages Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, just east of Vine Street, and the box office opens daily at 10am except for holidays.

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 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.

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

Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST has become an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 21 countries.

Hilary Maiberger and Darick Pead will star in the title roles of Belle and Beast.

Joining Maiberger and Pead will be Erin Edelle as Mrs. Potts, Shani Hadjian as Madame de la Grande Bouche, Joe Hager as Gaston, Jimmy Larkin as Lefou, Jessica Lorion as Babette, William A. Martin as Maurice, James May as Cogsworth, and Hassan Nazari-Robati as Lumiere. Performances in the role of Chip will be alternated between Charlie Jones and Gabriel Reis.

Rounding out the cast are Tony D'Alelio, Chris Brand, Alyssa Brizzi, Skye Bronfenbrenner, Kieron Cindric, Taylor D. Colleton, Laura Douciere, Kyle DuPree, Amanda Grace Holt, Stacey Jackson, Kevin Kelly, Brian Krisky, BrIan Martin, Stephanie Moskal, Stephen Petrovich, Sarah Primmer, Andrea Rouch and Michael Whitney.

The performance schedule for Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm. Opening Night is Tuesday March 26th at 7:30pm.

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