Alan Menken is in Shanghai Where a New Mandarin Version of Beauty and the Beast Will Premiere this Summer

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Disney legend Alan Menken was joined today by the cast of the highly anticipated Beauty and the Beast Mandarin production that will be opening at the Walt Disney Grand Theatre at Shanghai Disney Resort this summer.

A legend in the field, Menken boasts more Academy Awards than any other living person and help compose many of the musicals that Disney fans have come to know and love.  Today her performed some of his chart-toppers including a special duet of “Beauty and the Beast” with Chinese actress Xu Meng who will be playing the role of Mrs. Potts.

Menken said of his visit, “This is my first visit to China, and I am thrilled to be here to support the newest Mandarin production of the musical recreated from the original Broadway show, and to meet the gifted local cast and crew,” He added, “There are some special new elements for this exciting production, which, combined with the talented local performers, will make it a truly one-of-a-kind entertainment experience for the Chinese audience.”

The new cast includes musical theater stars and talent from across China performing one of the longest-running and highest-grossing Broadway shows of all time. This Mandarin production marks the second collaboration with Disney Theatrical Productions

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