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Classic Disney musical fairy tale alive on stage in Stamford

By Curtain Call

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Disney’s Academy Award-winning film, Beauty and the Beast, comes to life on The Kweskin Theatre stage, Stamford, from March 31 through April 29.

A cast of nearly 60 area performers will bring this classic story to the stage, under the direction of Stamford resident, Brian J. Bianco. Musical director, Greg Chrzczon, choreographer, Caitlin Roberts, set designer, Peter Barbieri, Jr., costume designer, Christine Mallardi and lighting designer, Aaron Meadow, complete the creative team making the stage magic needed for this enchanted musical. This is the first time Beauty and the Beast is being performed at Curtain Call.

The classic story tells of Belle, (played by Liz Harrington) a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, (played by Kevin Thompson) who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of 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. Perfect family entertainment – though it may be a little scary for some younger audience members.

“I’ve been wanting to produce this show for many years, but due to licensing restrictions and other nearby productions, this is the first time it has been available to us,” said Lou Ursone, Curtain Call executive director and producer. “I love seeing youngsters in the audience enjoying, what is often, their first live theatrical experience,” Ursone added.

Beauty and the Beast is an enduring story of love and friendship that features a score by composer Alan Menken and the late lyricist Howard Ashman. The Oscar®-winning film score was expanded to include several new songs by Menken and veteran lyricist Tim Rice. This stage version opened at the Palace Theatre on April 18, 1994 and played on Broadway for over 13 years - 5,461 performances. This production at Curtain Call has 20 performances scheduled, though at press time, several dates are already sold out.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will play in The Kweskin Theatre from March 31 through April 29, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:00pm. There are also 2:00pm Saturday performances on April 8, 15, 22 and 29. Three Thursday evening performances will be held April 13, 20 and 27 at 7:30pm. Call the Box Office for tickets at 203-461-6358 x36, or go online to www.curtaincallinc.com. Prices for all performances are $32 for adults, $25 for senior citizens and $16 for students and children. Group rates are also available upon request. Discounted passes offer great flexibility and significant savings. Thursday evenings: all seats $25. Following Beauty and the Beast will be: The independents, The Man with the Glass Heart and Sweet Charity, as well as concerts and comedy nights.

More information is available at www.curtaincallinc.com or by calling 203-461-6358. Curtain Call is the non-profit community-based theatre company in residence at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue in Stamford. Year-round productions and workshops are presented by and for area residents in The Kweskin Theatre and The Dressing Room Theatre. Curtain Call was voted Fairfield County's BEST LOCAL THEATRE GROUP ten years running in the Annual Readers' Poll of The Fairfield County Weekly and has received similar BEST OF awards from StamfordPlus magazine for 2008 through 2016 and from Stamford Magazine. Curtain Call received The Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2011 and the 2016 ACE Award for Excellence in Arts & Culture from the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.

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