Disney's Beauty and the Beast set for Chicago Shakespeare Theater
May 17, 2012
Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) announced today the acting company and creative team for Disney's Beauty and the Beast, the Theater's annual summer family musical, directed by Rachel Rockwell with Music Direction by Doug Peck, featuring Emily Rohm as the beautiful Belle and William Travis Taylor as the Prince turned into a Beast by an enchantress's spell. This Tony Award-winning musical is filled with lovable characters, beautiful sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers, including "Be Our Guest" and the beloved title song. Enchanting audiences of all generations worldwide, Disney's Beauty and the Beast casts its spell in Chicago Shakespeare's Courtyard Theater on Navy Pier June 28 to August 26, 2012. Tickets are $18-$25 with special discounts available for groups of 10 or more. All patrons receive a 40% parking discount at Navy Pier garages.
Based on Disney's Academy Award-winning animated film and Tony Award-winning stage musical, this 75-minute production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast recounts the classic story of a clever beauty and her ferocious captor-a young prince trapped under an enchantress's spell, who must learn to love and be loved in order to break the curse. Featuring songs from the animated film's score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, and additional songs with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book for Disney's Beauty and the Beast is by Linda Woolverton.
Celebrated Chicago music theater director Rachel Rockwell returns to Chicago Shakespeare to stage her third family musical, having directed CST-commissioned world premieres The Adventures of Pinocchio (2011) and The Emperor's New Clothes (2010). Most recently, Rockwell directed this season's acclaimed Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew (2012). Her work as a choreographer has been seen on CST's stages in productions including The Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo and Juliet and Measure for Measure. In addition to regional credits throughout the country, Rockwell's Chicago-area directing and choreography credits include Jeff Award-winning productions at The Marriott Theatre, Apple Tree Theatre, Noble Fools Theatricals and Drury Lane Oakbrook, where Rockwell garnered a Jeff Award for Best Director for Ragtime.
The acting company of Rockwell's production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast is filled with veteran Chicago actors including musical theater favorite Bernie Yvon as Lumiere, the debonair candelabra and valet to the Beast; Mary Ernster, as the warm-hearted teapot and cook of the Beast's castle, Mrs. Potts; David Lively as Cogsworth, the stuffy mantle clock and palace butler; Roger Mueller as Maurice, Belle's loving and eccentric father; and Sean Blake as Male Ensemble member.
Joining Emily Rohm as Belle and William Travis Taylor as the Beast in making their CST debuts are: John Bobbo as Chip, an enchanted teacup and Mrs. Potts' little boy; Jake Klinkhammer as Gaston, the egotistical villain determined to marry Belle; Joelle LaMarre as Madame de la Grande, a former opera diva transformed into a wardrobe; Emilie Lynn as Babette, the saucy feather-duster chambermaid and object of Lumiere's affection; Andrew Lupp as LeFou, Gaston's bumbling sidekick; Rebecca Pink, Maggie Portman and Laura Savage as the Silly Girls; and Liam Quealy as Male Ensemble.
The production team for Disney's Beauty and the Beast includes: Scenic Design by Scott Davis; Lighting Design by Philip Rosenberg; Costume Coordination by Theresa Hamm; Projection Design by Mike Tutaj; Sound Design by Garth Helm; Wigs and Make-up Design by Melissa Veal; and Properties Master, Chelsea Meyers.
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