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Beauty and the Beast 

When: June 15-20 2010
Price: $25-$68
Ye gods! It’s been 16 years now since the stage version of the hugely successful 1991 Disney film first hit Broadway, where it played for 13 years and more than 5,000 performances. We shouldn’t be surprised when a charming and tuneful billion-dollar commodity such as BATB still continues to rope in its repeat cultist following plus whatever remaining humans on the planet have not yet seen the show in one form or the other. This road company version boasts the guidance of the creative team behind the original Broadway production, including director Rob Roth, and there’s new choreography, redesigned costumes and reportedly some textual trims that assure faster pacing. Meanwhile, the familiar Menken/Ashman songs delight. Fact is, it’s hard to be cynical about a show that has warmed the hearts of even the hardest of media types, and its appearance in post-Flood Nashville might remind us of our local buoyancy, plus help to signal new beginnings. Justin Glaser and Liz Shivener are beast and beauty, respectively.
— Martin Brady

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