‘Beauty and the Beast’ returns to DPAC in fall

2013-14 season announcement March 1
Feb. 18, 2013 @ 01:08 PM

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the Broadway musical, is returning to the Durham Performing Arts Center this fall.

The show was sold out the last time it came to Durham, in 2010. It will be on stage at DPAC Oct. 8-13. This is the first production announced for the upcoming 2013-14 Broadway season at DPAC. The full season will be announced March 1.

“Beauty and the Beast” is part of DPAC’s “Broadway Encore Specials.” Other shows that have made return appearances at DPAC include “Wicked” and “The Color Purple.” The upcoming season will include another ‘Encore Special,’ said DPAC marketing director Rachel Gragg, but finding out that show and the rest of the season will have to wait until March 1, she said.

In the popular “Beauty and the Beast,” Disney princess Belle loves to read and wants to escape her provincial French village. When her father is captured by the Beast, she offers herself in exchange and falls in love with the Beast, who is actually a cursed prince. The enchanted castle where they live features servants turned into everything from a clock to a teapot.

“Beauty and the Beast” is a colorful, musical version of the animated film with the Academy Award-winning score featuring music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman as well as more songs by Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The touring production’s creative team includes Rob Roth, director; Matt West, choreographer; and Ann Hould-Ward, costume designer. Hould-Ward won a Tony Award for her work with the production.

All the Disney productions that have come to DPAC have sold out – the 2010 “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King” and “Mary Poppins” last week. Gragg said that with the great buzz surrounding the sold out “Mary Poppins” shows, DPAC decided to announce “Beauty and the Beast” and open it to group sales.

“Disney does such amazing productions, and it’s a great time to bring it back on stage,” Gragg said.

Single tickets for “Beauty and the Beast,” presented by NETworks, go on sale May 17. However, groups of 10 or more can place orders now at dpacnc.com/onlinegroups or groups@dpacnc.com.

The rest of the current season includes “Anything Goes” March 19-24, “Priscilla: Queen of the Desert” April 30-May 5 and “Sister Act” May 14-19. For ticket information, visit www.dpacnc.com.