If you loved Disney’s 1991 film Beauty and the Beast but don’t have tickets yet to the Broadway musical version that comes to Spokane’s INB Performing Arts Center this week, you should order fast. Most performances are almost sold out; your best bet for good tickets is to go either Thursday at 7:30 p.m. or Sunday at 6:30 p.m. The live, colorful musical about a provincial young woman and a prince who has been turned into a beast and must learn to love and be loved in order to be turned back features the Academy Award winning score from the Disney film, plus additional scores. This Disney musical follows the film version from 1991 closely (the original French fairy tale dates back to the 1700s).
Part of West Coast Entertainment’s Best of Broadway series, which brings Broadway shows to Spokane, this Beauty and the Beast production is a national tour that was developed by the original creators of the Broadway run that began 15 years ago. Amy Burger of KDHX Radio in St Louis, where the show recently played, wrote: “The show is a complete feast for the senses with detailed, colorful, multi-layered sets, special effects and elaborate period costumes.” If you saw the very popular 1999 show in Spokane, you’ll recognize some of the great special effects. For a video preview of the beautiful show, click here. Can’t get enough and want some Beauty on your computer? You can download a Beauty and the Beast widget and wallpaper here.
Beauty and the Beast runs January 26–29, 2012, at the INB Performing Arts Center in downtown Spokane. Click here for directions. Parking is available in pay lots (one is across the street and another is just a block away) for around $10.00. For tickets, go to TicketsWest.com. Seats are $42.50 to $92.50.