Beauty and the Beast Debuts at the Golden Gate Theatre, But Hurry, It’s Leaving August 29th

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast kicked off last night down at the Golden Gate Theatre. Here’s a review and here’s your Opening Night Report:

“The show is a charming one to take a child to see and there were lots of children in the audience.”

Indeed. There we’re lots of girls all dressed up in the audience.  

Anyway, this tale as old as time certainly is a high-caliber production. Get your ticks here.

Mike will be there in the lobby selling roses (at a discount if you also get the large program and/or musical CD):

All right, see you there.

Nathaniel Hackmann y Compania. Photo: Joan Marcus

Justin Glaser and Liz Shivener -Photo: Joan Marcus

All the deets, after the jump

SAN FRANCISCO…A special engagement of the most beautiful love story ever told, DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, produced by NETworks, comes to life in San Francisco at the Golden Gate Theatre August 17-29, 2010 as a part of the 2009-2010 Citibank Best of Broadway series under the direction of Carole Shorenstein Hays. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of the young and old. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers, including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Tickets go on sale Sunday, April 25.

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 BEASTis 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. DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST has become an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 21 countries.

Tickets go on sale April 25 and can be purchased online at shnsf.com, through Ticketmaster by calling (415) 512-7770, at all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and at the Orpheum Theatre Box Office (1192 Market at 8th St., Mon-Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.). For information on Groups of 15 or more call Group Sales at (415) 551-2020. Ticket prices range from $30 to $99. To learn more about DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and other SHN shows, please visit www.shnsf.com
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
TUE – SAT AT 7:30PM
SAT & SUN AT 2 PM
SUN, 8/22 AT 7:30PM
WED, 8/25 AT 2PM

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