Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, premieres on the Central Coast with a two-night run. Produced by NETworks Presentations and presented by Cal Poly Arts, this elaborate theatrical production will come to life on stage at the Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19 and 20, 2013.

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. Director Rob Roth elaborates: “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.”

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 information on the production, visit www.BeautyAndTheBeastOnTour.com)

There will be a free pre-show lecture led by Cal Poly Theatre/Dance Dept. professor Virginia Anderson, beginning at 6:30 p.m. each show night in the PAC Pavilion.

Student and adult tickets for the performance range from $47 to $84 and may be purchased in advance at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, Tuesday – Saturday, noon to 6 p.m, located on Grand Avenue on the Cal Poly campus.  Group sales of 10+ seats receive a 10% discount on all full-priced seats.

TICKETS: 805/756-4TIX (4849) or order online at www.calpolyarts.org.

Sponsored by the City of San Luis Obispo, Embassy Suites Hotel, KJUG 98.1 FM, and KSBY TV.

For more information on all Cal Poly Arts events, including audio and video samples, please visit www.calpolyarts.org.