‘Beauty and the Beast’ at the CCP this month

Hilary Maiberger as Belle and Darick Pead as the Beast

Hilary Maiberger as Belle and Darick Pead as the Beast

The hit Broadway musical that drew record audiences for more than two decades with its wonderful songs and music, spectacular production, fabulous costumes and superb acting will awe and enthrall Filipino music and theater enthusiasts when Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is staged in Manila this month.

The beautiful and timeless story of love and transformation behind one of the most-loved fairy tales of all time will hold fans spellbound when the original Broadway musical spectacular makes its debut on January 9 at the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Disney Theatrical Productions, Networks, Broadway Entertainment Group are collaborating together with Ovation Productions in bringing over the Broadway as part of its first ever 10-country international tour, in celebration of its 20th anniversary on the stage.

After debuting in Istanbul, Turkey on October 10, 2014, the touring act made its way to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thessalonik, Greece, Trieste and Milan, Italy before heading to Manila, Philippines. It will then head for Bangkok, Thailand), Singapore, Jakarta, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and Macau.

The selection of Manila as part of the musical’s international tour is in recognition of the Philippines’ stature as a promising area in mounting huge productions of live entertainments, according to Liz Coops, producer for Broadway Entertainment Group.

“The Philippines is today’s premier Asian market in theater production,” she was quoted in an interview. “That’s why our team has decided to make Manila the first stop in the Asian leg of the international tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

Renen de Guia of Ovation Productions, which is its 35th anniversary in music and entertainment promotion, expressed elation over the opportunity to handle the Manila staging of Beauty and the Beast, as he thanked the producers for their trust and confidence in his company’s capability to mount the production.

“Beauty and the Beast is simply an incredible theatrical experience that will tug on everyone’s emotions,” de Guia said. “All the characters—from Lumiere, Gaston, Belle and the Beast—are spot on, captivating and brilliant in their roles.”

“The stage props are fabulous and as are all the colorful and cheery costumes. The music, the songs, the choreography are spectacular. Everything about it is mystical and magical and fun for both children and adults. It will make you want to watch the musical every night,” he added.

Beauty and the Beast is the classic tale 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. The story goes that if the Beast can learn to love and be loved in return, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But if the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed forever.

Based on the 1991 Academy Award-winning animated feature film of the same title, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast premiered on Broadway in 1994 and 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.

In the lead roles in the musical are Hilary Maiberger as Belle and Darick Pead as the Beast. They are supported by Hassan Nazari-Robati (Lumiere, the candlestick), James May (Cogsworth, the clock), Alan Dietlein (Gaston), Emily Mattheson (Mrs. Potts), Paul Crane (Maurice, Belle’s father), Jordan Aragon (Lefou, Gaston’s sidekick) and Charlie Jones and William Poon (the kids who alternate as Mrs. Potts child, Chip).

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