Directed by Dr. Sam Germany
Technical Director, Denise Longino Choreographer, Lori Newmann
Announces It's Spring 2006 Production:
Beauty and the Beast
Howard Ashman & Tim Rice
March 3 - 4, 10 - 11, 17 - 18
Friday & Saturday Evenings 7:30 p.m. · Saturday Matinees 1:30 p.m.
Cedar Valley College
3030 North Dallas Avenue
Lancaster, TX 75134
Tickets may be purchased in advance at the CVC Business Office, Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., and
Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., or by calling 972-860-2994. For more information, please call 972-860-7444, ext. 9302
$5.00 Children (ages 4-12) · $6.00 Seniors (55 and older) · $10.00 Adults
Background Information about the Show:
In 1991, the animated feature BEAUTY AND THE BEAST became the first "cartoon" to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Prompted by the unprecedented success of the film, and by critics likening the music to that of a Broadway score, Disney executives began to develop a stage version with an eye toward the Great White Way. Of course, award-winning composer Alan Menken would write the new songs needed for the expanded story, but with the untimely death of his writing partner Howard Ashman, a new lyricist was needed. Tim Rice, who had already worked with Menken on additional material for the Aladdin film, was asked to contribute. In all, the pair wrote seven new songs. In addition, the song "Human Again," with lyrics by Ashman but cut from the film, would be restored for the stage.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST first premiered at Houston's Theater Under the Stars in December 1993. There were 40 performances in Texas before the show opened at Broadway's Palace Theater on April 18, 1994. The original cast included Susan Egan as Belle, Terrence Mann the Beast, and Tom Bosley of TV's Happy Days as Belle's father, Maurice. Disney's unmatched reputation for quality family entertainment was clearly in evidence, as the show broke box office records for single-day ticket sales. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was nominated for nine 1994 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
In 1999. Disney decided to move the show to the Lunt-Fontanne theater in order to make room for its production of AIDA at the Palace. BEAUTY was slightly scaled down, but lost none of its trademark Disney magic. In 2005, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST celebrated its 11th year on Broadway, and is currently the 6th longest running musical in Broadway history. Over the years, several prominent stars have assumed the role of Belle, including Andrea McArdle, Deborah Gibson, and Christy Carlson Romano. In 1998, when pop sensation Toni Braxton played the part, the song "A Change In Me" was added to the score and remains in the show.
To date, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST has been performed in 15 countries and 7 languages around the world.
CVC FMT music theatre shows are productions of DRAM 1120, 1221, and 1323.
These courses do not meet for additional class sessions beyond the designated show rehearsals and set construction dates. CALL 972-860-8134 for more information regarding auditions if needed.