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 "Beauty and the Beast"
The Story
          Once upon a time, a young prince refused to let an old woman in the castle away from bitter cold just because of her ugliness. The woman turned him into a hideous beast. The only way to break the curse is by finding true love despite his appearance. And that must happen before the last petal of her enchanted rose fall. Many years later, in a small provincial town, a young woman named “Belle” is in love with books. Townspeople find her odd but her beauty catch Gaston’s eye. This local hunter dearly wants to marry her. One day Belle’s father, Maurice, flees from wolves into the castle and is locked away in the dungeon for trespassing. Upon knowing this, Belle offers to take her father’s place. But what will she do with her new life as a prisoner in the castle of the Beast?


Original Broadway creative team reuniting to bring 
acclaimed production to over 12 countries in two years


Production set to open in Bangkok on 24 February 2015
      In celebration of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’s 20th anniversary on the stage, Disney Theatrical Productions, NETworks, Broadway Entertainment Group along with Muangthai Life Assurance, Bangkok Bank, and BEC-Tero Scenarioannounce the first-ever international tour in Thailand. The musical will open atMuangthaiRachadalai Theatre on 24 February  and run until 15 March 2015.
         The international tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will see the show’s original Broadway creative team reuniting to bring this Broadway classic to life. The musical 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.
          “We are thrilled to be collaborating with NETworks and Broadway Entertainment Group, to launch this first‑ever international tour. To premiere Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in many cities throughout the Middle East and Asia, is a perfect way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our beloved stage musical,” said Ron Kollen, SeniorVice President, International, Disney Theatrical Productions. Ken Gentry, CEO of NETworks said, “Having toured this production of Beauty and the Beast across the United States and Canada for the past five years, it has been thrilling to see that it continues to excite and make audiences fall in love with the show over and over again! Our relationship with Disney has been so rewarding andwe are looking forward to this new collaboration with Broadway Entertainment Group and bringing this beloved tale to markets outside of North America.”LizKoops, Producer for Broadway Entertainment Group said,“The world of touring entertainment is constantly evolving and we wanted to begin an international circuit to bring top quality entertainment into emerging markets. What better way to start than with one of the world's most beloved and successful musicals, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.”
         Based on the 1991 Academy-Award winning animated feature film, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast premiered on Broadway in 1994, where it was nominated for nine prestigious Tony Awards and ran for 13 years. It still ranks as one of the longest-running and highest‑grossing Broadway shows of all time. Since its debut, the titles visibility and success has expanded globally with subsequent productions produced around the world. Since licensing of the title began in 2004, there have been productions in 22 countries, seen by more than 35 million people, translated into 8 different languages with over 28 thousand performances  equivalent to a run of 67 years, generating over $1.7B in revenue.
            In the US, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has been licensed to over 6,000 individual theatres including professional, community and school productions. For the past five years, it has been the most performed musical in high schools in the United States. The title’s strength has allowed it to enter international markets with limited traditions of producing Broadway musical theatre. It was the first Disney Theatrical Productions title in countries across Scandinavia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Russia, among others. In addition to professional productions, Beauty and the Beast is Disney’s most requested title internationally for regional, community and amateur productions. Currently, there are four productions of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast playing around the world including Paris and tours in North America, Japan and Germany.
            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.
           The musical boasts music by Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Tangled) and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin), with additional songs with music by Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice (The Lion King, Jesus ChristSuperstar). The book is written by Linda Woolverton (screenwriter of The Lion King,Alice In Wonderland and the upcoming Maleficent).
           Tickets for the Bangkok engagement at Muangthai Ratchadalai Theatre go on sale now at all ThaiTicketMajor outlets or log on to or contact: 02 262 3838.
Ticket prices are: 1,000/2,000/2,500/3,000/3,500 and 4,000THB.
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        HILARY MAIBERGER (Belle). Originally from Yucaipa, CA, Hilary is thrilled to be part of NETworks Beauty and the Beast playing her dream role as Belle. Her theatre credits include: Aladdin: The Musical Spectacular (Jasmine), South Pacific (Nellie), Cinderella (Cinderella), Little Women (Jo March), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Cindy Lou), Evita (Mistress), Anyone Can Whistle (June). Some of her favorite roles include State Fair (Margie), Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (Becky), Titanic the Musical (Kate), A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Cratchit) and Working (Millworker). Equally at home on the operatic stage she has appeared in Don Quixote, The Coronation of Poppea, I Quattro Rusteghi. Many thanks to my Disney family, my dear friends and my wonderful family. I love you all!
         DARICK PEAD (Beast) is humbled and very excited to join the national tour of Beauty and the Beast. Credits include: Elephant Man (Dr. Treves), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Freddy Benson), The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho), 110 in the Shade (Starbuck), Little Shop of Horrors (The Dentist), The Fantasticks (El Gallo), and Disney’s Aida (Radames). He would like to thank his family and friends for their love and support. He surely loves them.


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