New Beauty and Beast Tour Now Playing Providence; Peoria Is Next

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A new touring production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast is currently playing the Providence Performing Arts Center in Rhode Island through Feb. 14 before heading to the Peoria Civic Center for a Feb. 20-21 engagement.
Justin Glaser and Liz Shivener
Justin Glaser and Liz Shivener Photo by Heather Hess

Liz Shivener and Justin Glaser head the cast of the tour, which reunites much of the original Broadway creative team, including director Rob Roth.

In a statement, director Roth said, "It has been wonderful to bring the entire original design team back together to work on this new production of Beauty and the Beast. As a director, it is 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 has been so much fun getting together to re-explore and re-invent the show for this new NETworks tour. 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."

The production also features choreography by Matt West, costume design by Ann Hould-Ward (Tony Award winner for her work on Broadway's Beauty), lighting design by Natasha Katz, scenic design by Stanley A. Meyer, sound design by John Petrafesa Jr. and music supervision by Michael Kosarin.

Beauty and the Beast, according to press notes, 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 and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs with music by Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda Woolverton. For additional information visit www.BeautyAndTheBeastOnTour.com.

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