Mandrella and deVries Join Broadway's Beauty May 22

News   Mandrella and deVries Join Broadway's Beauty May 22 David deVries and Ann Mandrella join the Broadway company of Beauty and the Beast May 22.

DeVries steps into the role of Lumiere, a part he has played in five different companies of the musical across North America; Mandrella, who was born in France and raised in Germany, becomes the first international actress to make her Broadway debut in Beauty when she assumes the role of Babette.

DeVries succeeds John Tartaglia, who is working on the second season of the children's TV series "Johnny and the Sprites." Mandrella replaces Meredith Inglesby, who will be part of the new Disney musical The Little Mermaid.

David deVries' stage credits include Beauty and the Beast; Arcadia; Spinning Into Butter; Dancing at Lughnasa; Laughing Wild; The Sisters Rosensweig; Shadowlands; A Tuna Christmas; The Boys Next Door; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; and Death of a Salesman.

Ann Mandrella performed in the European tour of Chicago and played Babette in the European premiere of Beauty and the Beast. Her other international credits include roles in The Wild Party, Grease!, City of Angels, Wake Up and Show Boat.

As previously announced, Beauty will play its final performance at the Lunt-Fontanne July 29. The long-running musical will have played 46 previews and 5,464 regular performances. Beauty and the Beast, the sixth longest-running show in Broadway history, is "the classic love story of Belle, a young woman in a small, provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a prince trapped in a spell placed on him by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and to be loved, the spell will be broken and he will be transformed back to his former self. But time is running out, and if the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he will be doomed for all eternity."

Featuring a score by Alan Menken, Tim Rice and the late Howard Ashman, Beauty and the Beast boasts a book by the author of the original screenplay, Linda Woolverton; the musical was directed by Robert Jess Roth.

For more information visit Walt Disney Theatricals online at www.disneyonbroadway.com.

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Disney's The Little Mermaid is scheduled to begin previews at the Lunt-Fontanne Nov. 3 with an official opening Dec. 6.

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