Based on the Academy-Award-winning animated feature film, the smash hit stage version includes the movie’s memorable 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 nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The magical story tells 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 be broken and he will be transformed into 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. This “tale as old as time” is family theater at its best.
|Disney’s Beauty and the Beast|
Under the direction of Nick Paone and Raye Lynn Mercer, the staging in the intimate venue will bring audiences right up close to all the action. Musical Director Hallie Wetzell will conduct the production’s professional orchestra. FPAC’s costumer, Merrie Whitney, is building the entire show, designing costumes that are true to the spirit of the movie, but which also reflect her creativity in supporting the show’s choreography and direction. The production showcases a cast of more than 40 professional and community performers and students of the arts.
FPAC presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as part of the company’s 26th season. Tickets are $34. For tickets and more information, call (508) 528-3370 or visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or www.FPAConline.com. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).