BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Comes to Kimmel Center; Opens 11/26
Disney's Beauty and the Beast, the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, is returning to Philadelphia as part of the BROADWAY PHILADELPHIA season presented by the KimMel Center for the Performing Arts and The Shubert Organization. Produced by NETworks Presentations, this elaborate theatrical production will come to life on stage at the Academy of Music for November 26 through December 1. For information on the production, visit www.BeautyAndTheBeastOnTour.com. The official press opening is Tuesday, November 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets starting at $20 to and can be purchased by calling 215-731-3333, online at kimmelcenter.org/broadway, at the KimMel Center box office, Broad & Spruce streets (open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or at the Academy of Music box office, Broad & Locust streets, (open during performances only). Groups of 10 or more will receive discounts for select performances by calling 215-790-5883 or 866-276-2947. Performances include: Tuesday & Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday evening at 8 p.m.; Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m.; and matinees Friday & Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. No performances are scheduled for Thursday, November 28, Thanksgiving Day.
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."