Shanghai Disney Resort held a special event today to give an early glimpse of the highly anticipated new Mandarin production of the BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Musical. The event took place amidst rehearsals as the show leads up to the official opening night at the Walt Disney Grand Theatre in Disneytown this summer. Tickets go on sale beginning May 24th.
The BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Musical will debut with a special premiere on June 14 and begin performances for the general public the following day. Members from the international production team are in Shanghai working with the talented local cast and crew as they rehearse this spectacular musical that has captured the hearts and imaginations of more than 35 million people across more than 37 countries since its premiere on Broadway in 1994.
During the event today, Sam Scalamoni, associate director for the new BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Musical production, shared behind-the-scenes stories from rehearsals leading up to the premiere. Stanley A. Meyer, the show’s scenic designer, gave participants a vivid visual description of the enchanting stage design and the advanced technology that will bring the production to life.
The cast for the new musical comprises a strong roster of vocalists, actors, dancers, musicians and performers of all ages. Some of the cast members joined the event today, including Guo Yao-Rong, who plays Belle; Sun Dou-Er, who plays Beast; Liu Yang, who plays Gaston; and Xu Meng who plays Mrs. Potts. Mrs. Potts opened the event with a touching recital of the show’s title song, “Beauty and the Beast,” accompanied by Music Director Sun Yu-Zhuo. Sun later accompanied the beautiful Belle as she gave an enchanting performance of the song, “A Change in Me,” showcasing her spectacular vocals and charming stage presence that will captivate audiences when the curtain rises in Disneytown this summer. Beast and Gaston shared stories about their journey with the show during a special appearance of their own.
The stunning costumes play an important role in this new show and one of the most eye-catching elements for guests at the event was Belle’s iconic ball gown that was on display. The dazzling gown was specially designed for the production by award-winning designer Ann Hould-Ward, who received a Tony Award for her role designing costumes for the original BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Musical.
Starting tomorrow, May 24, tickets for the new musical will go on sale to the public on the Shanghai Disney Resort official website (www.shanghaidisneyresort.com/en/), Damai.cn, and through other official resort travel trade providers. Guests are encouraged to reserve their place for the new production early in order to witness the authentic Broadway show as it lands at the resort this summer.
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