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ZACH Theatre presents DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

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Briana Brooks as Belle in ZACH Theatre's production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Photo credit: Kirk Tuck / ZACH Theatre

ZACH Theatre announces the cast for the worldwide smash hit musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast featuring the animated film’s Academy Award®-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs composed by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast plays ZACH’s Topfer Stage from July 11–September 2, 2018 under the direction of Associate Artistic Director Abe Reybold with musical direction by Allen Robertson and choreography by Sara Burke.

Be Our Guest! This “tale as old as time” follows Belle, a book-smart and adventurous young woman and the Beast, a formerly dashing young prince cursed by an enchantress. If the Beast cannot learn to love and be loved in return, he and his household including Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and Chip will be trapped forever under the spell. The Broadway smash hit showcases a merry, award-winning score with favorites such as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Gaston,” and “Be Our Guest.” This delightful family musical enchants and transforms hearts of all generations.

With this timeless story, Director Abe Reybold expressed his enthusiasm on bringing Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to the Topfer Stage this summer, “Sharing this story about the transformational power of love with a multi-generational audience fits beautifully within ZACH’s mission to entertain, to inspire and to ignite the imagination. This may be the first stage show that many young people see, and I am creatively charged to make Beauty and the Beast magical, truthful and filled with laughter. The design team has done wonders and I am excited to work with the talented cast on this well-crafted Disney classic with its big melodic heart and so many wonderful lessons within.”

The cast includes Briana Brooks as Belle; Alexander Mendoza as Beast; Matthew Redden as Gaston; Martin Burke as Lumiere; John Christopher as Cogsworth; Meredith McCall as Mrs. Potts; Jennifer Blakeney Young as Babette; June Julian as Madame de la Bouche; Michael Ferstenfeld as Maurice; Kevin Pellicone as Lefou; Wilkes Goodner as Chip #1; Lucca Ostrovich as Chip #2; Victoria Brown as Enchantress/Ensemble; Anthony Vincent Toudjarov as Monsieur D’Arque/Ensemble; and Shannon Conboy, Grace Muawad, and Khali Sykes as Silly Girls/Ensemble. Additional Ensemble includes Megan Chizek, Chris Barfield, Leslie Hethcox, Ethan Rogers and Ty Shamar with Swings cast Owen Scales, Camryn Lamontagne, Johnathan Macedo, and Francene Bayola.

Directed and Musically Staged by Abe Reybold, the production team also includes Allen Robertson as Musical Director, Sara Burke as Choreographer, Court Watson as Scenic Designer, Susan Branch Towne as Costume Designer, Serret Jansen as Hair and Makeup Designer, Michelle Habeck as Lighting Designer with Craig Brock as Sound Designer, Scott Groh as Properties Designer, Toby Minor as Fight Choreographer, Amanda Cooley Davis as Dialect Consultant, and Catherine Anne Tucker as Stage Manager.

Tickets start at $25 and are available online at www.zachtheatre.org, by phone at 512-476-0541 ext. 1, or in person at the ZACH Theatre Box Office, in the Topfer Theatre, 202 South Lamar Blvd. (corner of Riverside Drive and South Lamar Blvd.) Monday through Saturday, 12 noon – 7 p.m. ZACH Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Discounts are available for groups of 8 or more. Student Rush Tickets are $20 one hour before show time (with valid ID).

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast opens Wednesday, July 11, 2018 and runs through Sunday, September 2, with performances on Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM and 2:30 PM on Saturday and Sundays at the ZACH’s Topfer Theatre at 202 South Lamar Blvd.

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Penfold Theatre presents GHOST QUARTET

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Penfold Theatre presents Dave Malloy’s spirited new musical, Ghost Quartet, at Blue Genie Art Bazaar and the Driskill Hotel October 11 to November 1, 2019.

Ghost Quartet is a happily haunted musical about love, death, and whiskey. We listen in as four friends drink and spin yarns about two fairy tale sisters, a tree house astronomer and a lazy evil bear, a subway tragedy and the ghost of Thelonious Monk. As the evening winds on and glasses empty, we realize the narrative threads are interweaving into a centuries-long tale of encounters with the otherworldly. Ghost Quartet seductively pulls at our desire to believe in ghosts and subtly asks us why these stories continue to endure and multiply in the human imagination.

The New York Times calls the piece “rapturous… [Ghost Quartet] slyly addresses the questions of why we want to believe in ghosts and feel the need to keep talking about them. And I promise you, you will believe by the evening’s end… ingenious and affecting.” The Boston Globe praises the work’s “seductive allure… Tight harmonies, compelling characters and rich musicianship draw us into a cozy world to explore our fascination with and connection to the otherworldly spirits for a uniquely thrilling evening.”

Ghost Quartet is penned by Dave Malloy, the ascending composer most known for the hit Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, which is enjoying an international tour after winning 2 Tony Awards and being nominated for 10 others. Mr. Malloy’s work has never been seen in Austin, making Penfold’s Ghost Quartet the regional premiere of both a thrilling new work and an increasingly important voice in musical theatre.

The Blue Genie Art Bazaar will be transformed into a haunted hideaway for the show’s first three weekends. Then, for two nights only – October 31st and November 1st – the production will move to the Citadel Ballroom of the Driskill Hotel. These Halloween performances will feature a special pre-show of live ghost stories, told by Penfold co-founder and Haunted Texas alumnus Nathan Jerkins, about the eerie environs of the historic Austin landmark.

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JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

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Following critically acclaimed, sold-out engagements in the UK, the reimagined 50th Anniversary tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR will launch its national tour at Austin’s Bass Concert Hall from October 8 – 13, 2019. The 2017 Olivier awarding-winning production from Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre are on sale now.

Featuring award-winning music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, the North American tour of this iconic musical will be helmed by acclaimed director Timothy Sheader and cutting-edge choreographer Drew McOnie. Rounding out the creative team is set and costume design by 2016 Tony Award nominee, Tom Scutt, lighting design by Lee Curran, and music supervision by Tom Deering.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Superstar’.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is a proven musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. As demonstrated by NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, this epic work attracted over 9.6 million viewers, earned the highest ratings in its time period, and received the highest critical ranking of any live musical event on network TV. Now, almost 10 years after the last major tour in the US, this award-winning Regent’s Park production will play over 50 markets throughout North America.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, selling out two consecutive engagements in 2016 and 2017. The production will open for a limited engagement on West End, this summer at the Barbican.

The North American tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is produced by Stephen Gabriel and Work Light Productions. The original production was produced by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

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LES MISÉRABLES

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The company of LES MISÉRABLES performs “One Day More." Photo credit: Matthew Murphy

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts is proud to present the Austin engagement of LES MISÉRABLES. By popular demand, Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES will return to Austin at Bass Concert Hall for one-week only September 10-15, 2019. Tickets on sale now.

With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck and has been hailed as the “Les Miz for the 21st Century.”

Cameron Mackintosh said, “I’m delighted that after a four-year absence this glorious production is once again touring the major cities across North America and is more spectacular than ever.”

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, LES MISÉRABLES tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring one of the greatest scores of all time, with thrilling and beloved songs including “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” “Do You Hear the People Sing” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Along with the Oscar-winning movie version, it has now been seen by more than 120 million people in 52 countries and in 22 languages around the globe. LES MISÉRABLES is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 33rd year.

Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Boublil and Schönberg’s LES MISÉRABLES has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer from the original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, additional material by James Fenton and original adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird. The original LES MISÉRABLES orchestrations are by John Cameron with new orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke, Stephen Metcalfe and Stephen Brooker. The production is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, designed by Matt Kinley inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo with costumes by Andreane Neofitou and Christine Rowland, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter, musical staging by Michael Ashcroft and Geoffrey Garratt and projections by Fifty-Nine Productions. Music Supervision is by Stephen Brooker and James Moore, with casting by Kaitlin Shaw for Tara Rubin Casting.

LES MISÉRABLES originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on October 8, 1985, transferred to the Palace Theatre on December 4, 1985 and moved to its current home at the Queen’s Theatre on April 3, 2004 where it continues to play to packed houses and is the only version of the original production left in the world. The original Broadway production of LES MISÉRABLES opened at the Broadway Theatre on March 12, 1987 and transferred to the Imperial Theatre on October 17, 1990 running for 6,680 performances. The original US National Tour began in November 1987 and visited over 150 cities before closing in St. Louis, MO in 2006. Broadway audiences welcomed LES MIZ back to New York on November 9, 2006 where the show played the Broadhurst Theatre until its final performance on January 6, 2008.

The new production was conceived in 2009 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary, with record-breaking productions in the U.K., Australia, Korea, Japan, Spain, France, Manila, Singapore, São Paulo and Dubai. The North American Tour traveled across the U.S. for two years then played a five-month engagement in Toronto before returning to the Imperial Theatre on Broadway in March 2014 for over 1,000 performances. The new production is currently playing to sold out houses across North America, Mexico City and on tour in the U.K and has also been seen in Brazil, Korea, Japan, Canada, Australia, Spain, France, Manila, Singapore, Dubai and Broadway..

To date, LES MISÉRABLES remains the 5th longest-running Broadway production of all time.

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