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Posted on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 4:05 pm

Tickets are on sale now for the limited run of Disney's Beauty and the Beast at TPAC this spring. (Photo Provided).

Tickets are on sale now for the limited run of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at TPAC this spring. (Photo Provided).

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The award-winning, worldwide smash-hit Broadway musical “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” produced by NETworks Presentations, returns to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall for a limited, one-week engagement May 31 through June 5. Tickets went on sale Feb. 5.

Based on the 1991 Academy Award-winning animated feature film and celebrating 21 years since its Broadway premiere in 1994, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” is the ninth longest-running musical in Broadway history that has become an international sensation seen by over 35 million people worldwide in 22 countries, and translated into nine different languages. This touring production launched in February 2010 and has been seen by more than three million people while playing over 1,750 performances in all 50 United States and eight Canadian Provinces.

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, 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.

The original creators of the Broadway production have reunited 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 (five-time Tony Award winner), scenic design by Stanley A. Meyer, sound design by John Petrafesa Jr., and music supervision by Michael Kosarin.

This dazzling production also features the Academy Award-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs composed by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda Woolverton.

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast comes to life on stage with beloved characters and unforgettable songs. This is a show that the entire family can experience together,” said Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC’s president and chief executive officer. “Given the show’s popularity in Nashville over the years, we wanted to give audiences another chance to see the magical production while it was still touring across North America.”

For information on the production, visit www.BeautyAndTheBeastOnTour.com and follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

Tickets are available at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville. For group tickets, call 615-782-4060.

NETworks Presentations, LLC (Producer), from its inception nearly 20 years ago, has been an industry-leading producer and manager of touring musical theatre productions and remains committed to delivering quality entertainment to audiences worldwide. Having toured over 60 productions extensively throughout North America, NETworks is now expanding its tours into many international markets including South America, Greece, Italy, Turkey, and South East Asia. Current touring productions include Cameron Mackintosh’s The Phantom of the Opera, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast domestic and international productions, Dirty Dancing, Blue Man Group, Elf the Musical and coming soon Bullets Over Broadway, Once the Musical and an international tour of Shrek The Musical.

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” is a Broadway special presentation and is presented locally by Corrections Corporation of America. Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. TPAC is funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is TPAC.org.

TPAC is an accessible facility that provides a variety of services including wheelchair accommodations, accessible parking, and assistive listening devices. Open captioning, American Sign Language, audio description, and large print and Braille programs are offered at the Sunday matinee performance of each Broadway Series and Broadway Special show. For more information about accessible services, contact Lori Ward at 615-782-4077.

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