'Beauty and the Beast' coming to Manila

The Philippine Star

Posted at May 13 2014 12:00 PM | Updated as of May 13 2014 08:00 PM

A scene from "Beauty and the Beast." Photo from the website of Ovation Productions

MANILA, Philippines -- Disney Theatrical Productions, NETworks, Broadway Entertainment Group and Ovation Productions will present the first international tour of Disney’s "Beauty and the Beast" in celebration of the production’s 20th anniversary.

The English-language tour will play in markets to include Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. The musical, which will reunite the original Broadway creative, will be seen for the first time in these territories.

For Manila, "Beauty and the Beast" will be handled by veteran concert promoter Renen de Guia of Ovation Productions, which is, coincidentally, celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.

Venue is the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) main theater and dates are in January 2015.

Ron Kollen, SVP international for Disney Theatrical Productions, shared in a statement, “We are thrilled to be collaborating with NETWorks and Broadway Entertainment Group, to launch this first-ever international tour. To premiere Disney’s 'Beauty and the Beast' in these cities throughout the Middle East and Asia is a perfect way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our beloved stage musical.”

Liz Koops, producer for Broadway Entertainment Group, added, “The world of touring entertainment is constantly evolving and we wanted to begin an international circuit to bring top quality entertainment into emerging markets. What better way to start than with one of the world’s most beloved and successful musicals, Disney’s 'Beauty and the Beast.'”

Renen de Guia of Ovation Productions said, “Being a lover of theater and having watched practically all the important musicals in New York and London, and having promoted some of the biggest names in live entertainment for the past 35 years, this is a natural next step for Ovation Productions. I thank Disney Theatrical Productions, NETworks and Broadway Entertainment Group for their trust and confidence in Ovation’s ability to mount this grand production in Manila.”

The production is directed by Rob Roth and choreographed by Matt West. It features costume design by Tony Award-winning Ann Hould-Ward, lighting design by Natasha Katz, scenic design by Stanley Meyer, sound design by John Petrafesa Jr. and music supervision by Michael Kosarin. There is also music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman, a book by Linda Woolverton and additional songs with music by Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice.

For more info, visit www.beautyandthebeast.com.ph.