Fountain of the Hills Theater tells a “Tale as Old as Time” in a whole new way with its musical adaptation of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” which hits the stage on Friday, January 27 and runs through February 12.
This fun, family-friendly musical, adapted from the Disney original film, brings to life the timeless story of a selfish, angry prince who is transformed into a hideous monster and must win the affections of a beautiful young girl in order to find his humanity.
The classic score for this musical includes “Be Our Guest”, “If I Can’t Love Her”, the title track “Beauty and the Beast” and many more. The exuberant musical offers humor, romance and excitement for all ages.
A traditional fairy tale first published in France in the mid-18th century, “Beauty and the Beast” is a story of enduring love and friendship that has been translated into hundreds of versions around the world. When Walt Disney Pictures released the animated feature “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” in 1991 with a score by composer Alan Menken and the late lyricist Howard Ashman, it was hailed as an instant classic with critics praising its “songs worthy of a Broadway musical. .”
The film went on to win Oscars for Best Song and Best Original Score in addition to making history as the only animated feature film ever nominated for Best Picture. Given the power of the film’s story and music, the decision was made to bring “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” at the Broadway stage.
Disney Theatrical Productions assembled the creative team and worked hard to combine the strengths of the beloved film with the possibilities that only live theater can provide. Linda Woolverton adapted her “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” screenplay to the scene, adding new scenes to complete the scene’s story. The Oscar-winning score has been expanded to include several new songs by Menken and veteran lyricist Tim Rice.
The musical version of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ opened at the Palace Theater in April 1994. It played on Broadway for over 13 years – with 5,461 performances – ending its run at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater and eventually becoming the eighth oldest musical. in Broadway history.
Presented through a special arrangement with Concord Theatricals, Fountain Hills Theatre’s “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” is directed by Peter J. Hill, musically directed by Seikai Ishizuka and choreographed by Noel Irick.
“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” is on stage at the Fountain Hills Theater until February 12. Performances take place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Individual tickets are $35 for adults and $18 for youth 17 and older. under. Seniors receive a $5 discount on all Thursday performances. Group, active duty and veteran discounts are available.
All performances are held at the Fountain Hills Theater on its main stage at 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. Tickets are available at the theater box office at 480-837-9661 x3 or by visiting fhtaz.org. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.