Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

NETworks Presents DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Smash Hit Broadway Musical Plays Philadelphia’s Academy of Music June 4 – 10

MAY 2, 2012

Additional Monday Performance Added

Due To Overwhelming Demand


Tickets On Sale Now!


Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to Philadelphia as part of the Broadway Season, presented by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and The Shubert Organization.  Produced by NETworks Presentations, this elaborate theatrical production will come to life on stage at the Academy of Music for nine performances on June 4 – 10. The engagement is now set to open on Monday, June 4 (from previously scheduled June 5 opening), with the additional performance added due to overwhelming demand. The press opening is still Tuesday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m.


Tickets starting at $25 are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at, at the Kimmel Center box office, Broad and Spruce streets. (open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)  or at the Academy of Music box office, Broad and Locust streets. (open during performances only).  Groups of 10 or more will receive discounts for select performances by calling 215-790-5883 or 866-276-2947.  Performances include:  Monday  – Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday evenings at 8 p.m.; Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m.; and matinees Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.


Disney’s Beauty and the Beast features the animated film’s Academy Award®-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda Woolverton.


The original creators of the Broadway production are together again for this new touring production! The play is directed by Rob Roth and choreographed by Matt West, with Costume Design by Ann Hould-Ward (Tony Award® winner for her work on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), Lighting Design by Natasha Katz, Scenic Design by Stanley A. Meyer, Sound Design by John Petrafesa Jr. and Music Supervision by Michael Kosarin.


Director Rob Roth: “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 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 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.”


Disney’s Beauty and the Beast 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.


Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has become an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 21 countries. For additional information, visit


The Broadway Season is presented by The Kimmel Center and The Shubert Organization with productions at the Academy of Music, Forrest Theatre and Merriam Theater.


In addition to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,  the remaining 2011-12 Broadway Season will also feature RIVERDANCE (May 11 – 13, 2012) at the Merriam Theater.

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