Disney - Beauty and the Beast Jr.

The stage musical presentation of Beauty and the Beast Jr. presented by the Children's Theatre of Richmond Association



Norman Rothstein Theatre 



Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8, 2018



Beauty and the Beast is a musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton. Adapted from Walt Disney Pictures’ Academy Award-winning 1991 animated musical film of the same name – which in turn had been based on the classic French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont – Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a cold-blooded prince who has been magically transformed into an unsightly creature as punishment for his selfish ways. To revert into his true human form, the Beast must first earn the love of a bright, beautiful young woman whom he has imprisoned in his enchanted castle before it is too late.

Critics, who hailed it as one of the year’s finest musicals, immediately noted the film’s Broadway musical potential when it was first released in 1991, encouraging Disney CEO Michael Eisner to venture into Broadway. All eight songs from the animated film were reused in the musical, including a resurrected musical number which had been cut from the motion picture. Original songwriter Menken composed six new songs for the production alongside lyricist Rice, replacing Ashman who had died during production of the film. Woolverton, who had written the film’s screenplay, adapted her own work into the musical’s libretto, and specifically expanded upon the characterization of the Beast. Woolverton also expanded the storylines of the castle staff from servants who had already been transformed into household objects into humans who were gradually turning into inanimate objects. Costumes were designed by Ann Hould-Ward, who based her creations on both the animators’ original designs as well as the Rococo art movement after researching how clothing and household objects looked during the 18th century.


After completing tryouts in Houston,  Beauty and the Beast premiered on Broadway on April 18,  1994, starring Susan Egan and Terrence Mann as the eponymous Belle and Beast, respectively. The musical opened to mixed reviews from theatre critics, but was a massive commercial success and well received by audiences. Beauty  ran on Broadway for 5,461 performances for thirteen years (1994 - 2007), becoming Broadway’s tenth longest-running production in history. The musical has grossed more than $1.4 billion worldwide and played in thirteen countries and 115 cities. It has also become a popular choice for high school productions.

In 2018, Children’s Theatre of Richmond Association (A non-profit Musical Theatre organisation for the youth in Vancouver) will require $100,000 to produce Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast  Jr”. Auditions will be held in March 2018 and look to recruit the most talented performers in the Lower Mainland. After eight months of rehearsals (April-November) the shows will be held at the ‘Norman Rothstein Theatre’ in Vancouver on  December 8th & 9th 2018. The theatre holds 318  patrons and 30% of box office revenue will be donated the the BC Children’s hospital.