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Disney's Beauty and the Beast in Sydney

Courtney Stapleton as Belle and Shaq Taylor as Beast in Disney's Beauty and the BeastCredit: Beauty and the Beast c-o-p-y-r-i-g-h-t Disney

Courtney Stapleton as Belle and Shaq Taylor as Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast

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Disney's Beauty and the Beast in Sydney

Courtney Stapleton as Belle and Shaq Taylor as Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast Credit: Beauty and the Beast c-o-p-y-r-i-g-h-t Disney

Courtney Stapleton as Belle and Shaq Taylor as Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast

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Disney Theatrical Productions Australia presents a glorious new production of Beauty and the Beast, which will have its premiere Australian season in Sydney from June 2023 at the Capitol Theatre.

With spectacular new sets, costume designs and state-of-the-art technology fused with this beloved, classic story, the timeless romance of Belle and her Beast will be brought to life on stage by an Australian cast performing with all the spectacle and grandeur that audiences expect from a Disney production. The creative team from the original, ground-breaking Broadway musical have returned to reimagine this classic tale. Olivier Award nominee Matt West directs and choreographs, leading a team that includes original composer Alan Menken, lyricist Tim Rice, book writer Linda Woolverton, scenic designer Stan Meyer, costume designer Ann Hould-Ward and lighting designer Natasha Katz. The team collectively received five Tony® nominations and a win for Hould-Ward’s costume design, when Disney first debuted Beauty and the Beast on Broadway 28 years ago.

President & Producer, Disney Theatrical Productions, Thomas Schumacher said, “We are thrilled to return to Australia with Beauty and the Beast as re-imagined by members of the brilliant original creative team.  This beloved show – and Belle herself – are somehow as contemporary today as when the film premiered in 1991; even more meaningful to those who first discovered them decades ago and to an entirely new generation. Each time we’ve returned to Australia over the last quarter century we see audiences grow larger and more appreciative and the deep pool of extraordinary home-grown musical theatre talent grow even deeper.  We cannot wait to come back.”

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said, “Sydney is the nation’s home of world-class theatre and we expect this production will draw more than 400,000 musical lovers to the Harbour City during its Australian premiere season. Bringing blockbuster musicals like Beauty and the Beast to Sydney first is key to turbocharging the NSW visitor economy. This production will generate millions in visitor expenditure, create jobs and position Sydney as the cultural events capital of the Asia Pacific.”

NSW Minister for Tourism and Minister for the Arts Ben Franklin said “Disney's Beauty and The Beast is an international sensation that has played to more than 35 million people in 13 countries. Sydney is a city of the stage and this reimagining of one of the world’s most beloved musicals will dazzle devotees of the original production, while also captivating a new generation of fans.” 

Kylie Watson-Wheeler, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of The Walt Disney Company in Australia and New Zealand said, “The Walt Disney Company is thrilled that this new locally produced musical will debut at Sydney’s iconic Capitol Theatre next year. Beauty and the Beast is a much-loved classic that will fill the hearts of a new generation.

“We’re delighted that Thomas Schumacher will be here with us once again to work hand in hand with our Australian team of performers, musicians, creatives, technicians, and management team at Disney Theatrical Productions. Staging this glorious production will make an important contribution to the return of a vibrant and thriving live entertainment scene in Sydney and we thank the NSW Government and Destination NSW for their support.”

Based on the 1991 film – the first animated feature ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture – Beauty and the Beast opened on Broadway in April 1994 and garnered nine Tony nominations and one win. It played for more than 13 years on Broadway (before closing in 2007) and remains to this day – 28 years after it opened – one of the top 10 longest running shows in Broadway history. The 2017 live-action retelling of the animated classic starring Emma Watson quickly became the highest grossing live action film musical of all time, a record beaten only by The Lion King live-action release in 2019.

The original Australian production of Beauty and the Beast opened in Melbourne at the Princess Theatre in 1995 starring Rachel Beck in the role of Belle, a young Hugh Jackman as Gaston, and the late Bert Newton as Cogsworth. The production played for over two years across Melbourne and Sydney and won the 1996 ARIA Award for Best Australian Soundtrack/Cast/Show Release.

The structure and tone of the story and score – as conceived for the 1991 film by its executive producer and lyricist Howard Ashman with a continued evolution for the Broadway adaptation three years later – made Disney history. Only once before – in Menken and Ashman’s previous film musical The Little Mermaid – had a Disney film been structured like a stage musical where the songs are integral to plot and characterisation rather than only ornamental or digressions. This Menken/Ashman innovation is credited with the 1990’s Disney animation renaissance that went on to create such film classics as Aladdin, The Lion King and Hunchback of Notre Dame and helped re-introduce the book musical form to popular culture.

This new stage production of Beauty retains the lush period sound of the Oscar-winning and Tony® award nominated score - which brought classics including Be Our Guest and Beauty and the Beast, as well as Change in Me, added to the musical production in 1998 and retained thereafter. New dance arrangements by David Chase, have allowed original choreographer Matt West to re-visit his work. Longtime Menken collaborators Michael Kosarin and Danny Troob are musical supervisor/vocal arranger and orchestrator, respectively.

Completing the design team, Tony® award winner John Shivers is sound designer, Darryl Maloney is the video and projections designer, and David H. Lawrence is hair designer. Jim Steinmeyer is the illusions designer, as he was on the original 1994 production.

Beauty and the Beast will be produced in Australia by The Walt Disney Company and Disney Theatrical Productions, under the supervision of Thomas Schumacher.

The Australian premiere of Disney's Beauty and the Beast is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.

Gavin Lee as Lumiere and Courtney Stapleton as Belle lead the company in Disney's Beauty and the Beast Credit: Beauty and the Beast c-o-p-y-r-i-g-h-t Disney

Gavin Lee as Lumiere and Courtney Stapleton as Belle lead the company in Disney's Beauty and the Beast

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Gavin Lee as Lumiere and Courtney Stapleton as Belle lead the company in Disney's Beauty and the Beast Credit: Beauty and the Beast c-o-p-y-r-i-g-h-t Disney

Gavin Lee as Lumiere and Courtney Stapleton as Belle lead the company in Disney's Beauty and the Beast

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Tom Senior as Gaston and Courtney Stapleton as Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast Credit: Beauty and the Beast c-o-p-y-r-i-g-h-t Disney

Tom Senior as Gaston and Courtney Stapleton as Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast

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Tom Senior as Gaston and Courtney Stapleton as Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast Credit: Beauty and the Beast c-o-p-y-r-i-g-h-t Disney

Tom Senior as Gaston and Courtney Stapleton as Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast

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To join the waitlist for tickets please visit www.beautyandthebeastmusical.com.au

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About Disney Theatrical Productions

DISNEY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS, a division of The Walt Disney Studios, was formed in 1994 and operates under the direction of Thomas Schumacher. Worldwide, its 10 Broadway titles have been seen by more than 200 million theatergoers and have been nominated for 62 Tony® Awards, winning Broadway’s highest honor 20 times. With 24 productions currently produced or licensed, a Disney musical is being performed professionally somewhere on the planet virtually every hour of the day.

DTP proudly returns to Australia with Beauty and the Beast, its seventh presentation following The Lion King (2003 and 2013) Mary Poppins (2010 and 2022), Aladdin (2016) and Frozen (2020).  Those 6 seasons have played over 11 years and have been seen by more than 7 million people.  Prior to that, Beauty and the Beast was presented here in 1995 in partnership with Kevin Jacobson and Michael Edgely.

The company’s inaugural production, Beauty and the Beast, opened in 1994. It played a remarkable 13-year run on Broadway and has been produced in 37 countries worldwide. A brand-new production of Beauty and the Beast reimagined by members of the original Broadway creative team – led by Matt West – is currently on tour throughout the UK and Ireland and opens in Sydney in 2023.

In November 1997, Disney opened The Lion King, which received six 1998 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Director, Julie Taymor, who became the first woman in Broadway history to the win the award. Approaching 25 landmark years on Broadway, it has welcomed 110 million visitors worldwide to date and has 10 productions currently running worldwide. The Lion King has played over 100 cities in 21 countries on every continent except Antarctica. Its worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.   

Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida opened on Broadway next, winning four 2000 Tony Awards.

It was followed by Mary Poppins, a co-production with Cameron Mackintosh, which opened in London in 2004 and went on to enjoy a six-year Tony-winning Broadway run. The show continues its Olivier award-winning London return at its original home, the Prince Edward Theatre.

Tarzan®, which opened on Broadway in 2006, went on to become an international hit with an award-winning production enjoying a 10-year run in Germany.

In January 2008, The Little Mermaid opened on Broadway and was the best-selling new musical of that year.

DTP opened two critically acclaimed productions on Broadway in 2012, receiving seven Tony Awards between them: Peter and the Starcatcher and Newsies, each of which enjoyed a two-year run and launched North American tours, with Newsies playing a record-breaking Fathom Events in-cinema release.

Aladdin, Disney Theatrical’s 2014 hit, continues its smash Broadway run. It has launched eight productions around the globe and been seen by more than 14 million guests.

Its newest hit, the 2018 Tony-nominated Best Musical Frozen, completed its record-breaking Broadway run in March 2020, and currently has five productions around the world: the North American tour, Australia, Japan, London, and Hamburg.

Other successful stage ventures have included the Olivier-nominated London hit Shakespeare in Love, stage productions of Disney’s High School Musical, Der Glöckner Von Notre Dame in Berlin, and King David in concert.

DTP has collaborated with the nation’s preeminent theaters to develop new stage musicals including The Jungle Book, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Freaky Friday and Hercules.

As a part of the recent acquisition of 21st Century Fox, DTP also heads the Buena Vista Theatrical banner, which licenses Fox titles for stage adaptations including Anastasia, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Mrs. Doubtfire, and The Devil Wears Prada.

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