Seasonal Special Happenings

Beauty and the Beast

When: Tue., May 17 2011

Belle, the Beast, Gaston, Lumière, and all the rest of the Disney cast come together again in this retooled production of Broadway's Beauty and the Beast, playing at E.J. Thomas Hall today through Thursday. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated movie, the touring production comes complete with razzle-dazzle song-and-dance numbers, lavish costumes, and extravagant new sets designed to reflect the transparency of the human heart. Part of Thomas Hall's Broadway in Akron series, the performances are headed by original director Rob Roth and feature choreography by Matt West. The duo did okay the first time around: The Broadway version played for 13 years, which makes it the seventh-longest-running musical in New York history. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performances start at $35. Get them at or by calling 330-972-7570. E.J. Thomas Hall is at 198 Hill St. in Akron. — Cicora

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