Based on the Academy-Award-winning animated feature, this stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for over 13 years and was nominated for 9 Tony awards including Best Musical. The musical tells the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of 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.
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Book by Linda Woolverton, Originally Directed by Robert Jess Roth, Originally Produced by Disney theatrical Productions
Beauty and the Beast Preview (Curtain Calls 2.2, July 2006)
The 84th Season was called “A Season of Changes…” as all of the shows dealt with changes in people, society, and ways of thinking. There were also changes in the showtimes. All evening performances would now start at 7:30 instead of the Fridays and Saturdays that started at 8:00. Matinee times would remain at 2:30.
“Beauty and the Beast,” a Theatre For Young People production, was performed as a fundraiser. Raffle tickets could be purchased at a dollar a piece, and the Grand Prize was four Disney World Passes. This ticket was drawn at the intermission of the final performance. Other prizes were drawn through the run of the show. In the lobby, red roses that could light up were sold. The production, the ticket sales, and the raffle were added up to a great financial success for the Community Players.