BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Featuring Christiane Noll as 'Mrs. Potts', to Play North Shore Music Theatre

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Featuring Christiane Noll as 'Mrs. Potts', to Play North Shore Music Theatre

Bill Hanney's award-winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) is proud to be producing a new and original production of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST uniquely conceived for our trademark theater-in-the-round. The beloved tale will delight New England audiences for three weeks starting Tuesday, July 11 and ending Sunday, July 30.

"I have wanted to produce Disney's Beauty and the Beast for many years and we were finally given the rights to produce it this season," said Bill Hanney, NSMT owner and producer. "We always look forward to the summer family show. It is our chance to make sure there is something very special for the whole family to enjoy together while also challenging our staff to create an unforgettable theatrical experience that will be remembered for years to come."

Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was nominated for nine 1994 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and won London's Olivier Award for Best Musical. This eye-popping spectacle, based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, will be filled with technical wizardry, special effects and illusions, as well as dazzling production numbers.

The score, by Alan Menken, Tim Rice and the late Howard Ashman, features such memorable songs as "Be Our Guest," "Belle," and "Beauty and the Beast." Original screenplay author, Linda Woolverton, wrote the book for Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, which opened at the Palace Theatre April 18, 1994, and played 5,461 performances before closing on July 29, 2007. It is the tenth longest running show in Broadway history.

The cast of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will be led by Rose Hemingway as Belle and Stephen Cerf as the Beast. The show also features David Coffee (Maurice), Taylor Crousore (Gaston), Joy Hermalyn (Madame De La Grande Bouche), Benjamin Howes (Lumiere), Andrew Kruep (Lefou), Ryah Nixon (Babette), Christiane Noll (Mrs. Potts), Phillip Taratula (Cogsworth), and Ben Choi-Harris (Chip).

The ensemble of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST includes Katie Anderson
Ben Cullen, Mark DiConzo (D'Arque), Briana Fallon, Joshua Gillespie, Heather Klobukowski (Silly Girl), Justin Ronald Mock, Cam Perrin (Young Prince), Tyler Roberts, Sydney Mei Ruf-Wong (Enchantress), David Visini, Caitlin Wilayto (Silly Girl), Daisy Wright (Silly Girl), and David Wright (Carpet).

The creative team for Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST includes Michael Heitzman (Director), Lisa Shriver (Choreographer), Rick Fox (Music Direction), Stephen Dobay (Scenic Design), Sandra Pelletier (Costume Coordinator and Additional Costume Design), John Burkland (Lighting Design), Don Hanna (Sound Design), Gerard Kelly (Wig and Hair Design), Dena Olivieri (Makeup Design), Natalie A. Lynch (Production Stage Manager), Dakotah Wiley Horan (Assistant Stage Manager), and Luke Flood (Assistant Music Director). Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is produced for North Shore Music Theatre by Bill Hanney (Owner/Producer), Kevin P. Hill (Producing Artistic Director), and Tom Amos (Associate Producer).

Tickets for Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST are priced starting from $57 - $82. Performances are July 11 - July 30, Evening performances are July 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 26 at 7:30pm and July 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 8pm. Matinees will be at 2pm on July 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30. Kids 18 and under save 50% at all performances. For tickets and information call (978) 232-7200, visit www.nsmt.org, or visit the box office in person at 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly, MA. DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is sponsored by Abiomed.

Additional Free Audience Enrichment events: Meet the Theatre: post-show audience discussion with the artists on July 18 after the 7:30 pm performance and July 22 after the 2 pm performance; OUT at the North Shore, an evening for the Gay and Lesbian Community with a post-show reception (sponsored in part by Ryan & Wood Inc.) on July 20 after the 7:30 pm performance.

North Shore Music Theatre will continue the 2017 musical season with Young Frankenstein (August 15 - 27), Evita (September 26 - October 8), 42nd Street (October 31 - November 12), and the season will conclude with the 27th annual production of A Christmas Carol starring David Coffee (December 8 - 23).




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