The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 25, 2014

'Beauty' of a show starts tonight

UNIVERSITY PARK — Disney’s elaborate theatrical production of “Beauty and the Beast” is coming to the Eisenhower Auditorium stage today and tomorrow, Feb. 25-26. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

It’s 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 original creators of the Broadway production are together again for this new touring production. “It has been wonderful to bring the entire original design team back together to work on this new production of ‘Beauty and the Beast,’” said Rob Roth, director. “As a director, it is rare to have the opportunity to revisit your work fifteen 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 tour.”

Section one and two tickets are $62 and $53 for an adult, $44 and $35 for a University Park student and $45 and $36 for age18 and younger. Buy tickets at or by phone at (814) 863-0255 or (800) ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations.

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Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring a Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” company member, is offered one hour before each performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity. Seating is available on a first arrival basis.

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