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‘Beauty and the Beast’ comes to Pittsburgh

March 30, 2012
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and PNC Broadway Across America Pittsburgh will bring the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" to Heinz Hall Tuesday through April 8.

This is a presentation of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony and Broadway Across America.

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 was written by Linda Woolverton.

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The hit Broadway musical Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” comes to Heinz Hall Tuesday through April 8. -- Contributed

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, lighting design by Natasha Katz, scenic design by Stanley A. Meyer, sound design by John Petrafesa Jr. and music supervision by Michael Kosarin.

"It has been wonderful to bring the entire original design team back together to work on this new production of 'Beauty and the Beast,' said director Rob Roth. "As a director, it's rare to have the opportunity to revisit your work 15 years later. Hopefully I've grown and developed as an artist, along with my collaborators, and we can bring 15 years of experience to this new production.

"We have remained very close as a team over the years of producing the show around the world, and it's been so much fun getting together to re-explore and re-invent the show for this tour," continued Roth. "The theme of 'Beauty' is about seeing past the exterior into the heart of someone, and this is reflected in the design for the show, which is about transparency and layers, seeing past one thing and into another."

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.

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" has become an international sensation that has played to more than 35 million people in 21 countries.

Tickets range from $20 to $77 and are now on sale for all performances by calling (412) 392-4900; visiting the box office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave.; or online at

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