Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Coming to State Theatre, 6/3-4

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Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Coming to State Theatre, 6/3-4

Disney's Beauty and the Beast, the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to the State Theatre in Easton for two shows in June. Produced by NETworks Presentations, this elaborate theatrical production will come to life on stage at the historic theatre on Tuesday, June 3rd and Wednesday, June 4th.

Show time is 7 PM for both nights. Tickets are $55 & $50 and can be purchased by visiting the State Theatre Box Office, 453 Northampton Street, Easton, by calling 1-800-999-STATE, 610.252.3132 or online at www.statetheatre.org. Sponsored by the Brown- Daub Dealerships and 100.7 WLEV. Part of the Capital Blue Cross Family Series.

A discount of $5 per ticket, with a limit of four per household is available to patrons who donate a "Book for Belle." Books can be brought to the State Theatre Box Office and will be donated to the Easton Area Public Library.

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.

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.

A member of the ensemble and an understudy for the lead role of the Beast, Mark Edwards is no stranger to the stage or the Lehigh Valley. Edwards grew up in Quakertown, studied at West Chester University and has family in Easton, home of the State Theatre. His acting credits include Chicago, Music Man and the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Edwards makes his national touring debut with this production of Beauty and the Beast.

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

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