Saenger Theatre To Host ‘Cinderella,’ ‘Beauty And The Beast’

NEW ORLEANS – Rodgers + Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” the 2013 Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of South Pacific and The Sound of Music, will play at the Saenger Theatre for a limited engagement from Tuesday, October 27 – Tuesday, November 1, 2015.

         Presented by the New Orleans Theatre Association, the production is part of the East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans 2015 – 2016 season.

         With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Rodgers + Hammerstein's “Cinderella” combines the story's classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn't let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She longs to escape the drudgery of her work at home and instead work to make the world a better place. She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams too.

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         “Cinderella” has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and original book by Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical is directed by Mark Brokaw and choreographed by Josh Rhodes. Music adaptation, supervision and arrangements are by David Chase and orchestrations are by Danny Troob.

         One of Rodgers + Hammerstein's most popular titles, “Cinderella” was written for television – debuting in 1957 starring Julie Andrews. In 2013, the show made its long-overdue Broadway debut. Along with “Cinderella”, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's legendary musicals include “Oklahoma!,” “Carousel,” “The King and I,” “South Pacific” and “The Sound of Music.”

         Beane's book for “Cinderella” blends masterfully with the musical's cherished score with songs including "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible/ It's Possible," "Ten Minutes Ago" and "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?"

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         The creative team includes scenic design by Tony® Award nominee Anna Louizos, costume design by six-time Tony® Award-winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony® Award-winner Kenneth Posner and sound design by Tony® Award nominee Nevin Steinberg.

         The CINDERELLA tour is produced by Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman, Stephen Kocis, Edward Walson, Venetian Glass Productions, The Araca Group, Caiola Productions, Roy Furman, Peter May, Sanford Robertson, Eric Schmidt, James Spry and Blanket Fort Productions.

         Tickets for Cinderella start at $25.

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         Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, is returning to New Orleans as part of the East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans 2015 – 2016 season, presented by the New Orleans Theatre Association.

         This elaborate theatrical production, produced by NETworks Presentations, will come to life on stage at the Saenger Theatre Tuesday, December 29, 2015 – Sunday, January 3, 2016.

         Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” features the Academy Award®-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, along with additional songs composed by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda Woolverton.

         The creators of the original 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.

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

         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 9 different languages. This production launched in February 2010 and has been seen nearly 3 million people while playing over 1,500 performances in all 50 United States and 8 Canadian Provinces. Currently, there are five productions playing around the world including the North American Tour, Paris, tours in Japan and Germany, and a new international tour (inspired by the North American tour) that will visit over 14 countries in two years.

         Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” runs from Tuesday, December 29, 2015 – Sunday, January 3, 2016 and will play Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

         Tickets start at $25 and will be available to the public Friday, September 18, 2015.

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