Take a look at Disney’s Beauty and the Beast musical in Manchester this spring

Audiences got a glimpse of what’s to come in the award-winning Disney musical Beauty and the Beast.

The show heads to Manchester’s Palace Theater this spring for an epic nine-week run.

The musical, based on the hit Disney animated film in 1991, features the film’s most beloved songs like Be Our Guest, Gaston and of course the title song Beauty and the Beast.

A major UK theatrical tour, it started in Liverpool in October and will head to Sunderland and Birmingham, before arriving in Manchester on March 31.

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His planned dates in Cardiff, from December 23 to January 15, were sadly canceled amid tighter Covid restrictions set by the Welsh government.

Its screening at the Palace Theater will run until Saturday, June 4, and tickets are already selling out quickly.

Disney says the new music tour has been redesigned and reimagined in an all-new production directed by members of the original, award-winning creative team.

Spectacular new designs and cutting-edge technology merge with the classic story, as the timeless romantic tale comes to life on stage like never before, with all the charm and elegance audiences expect from Beauty and the Beast.

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Among the many novelties of the show, an exuberant tap dance within the legendary production number Be Our Guest, created expressly for Gavin Lee, recognized as one of the great tapers on either side of the Atlantic.

The structure and tone of the story and the score – as conceived for the 1991 film by its executive producer and lyricist Howard Ashman with continued evolution for the Broadway adaptation three years later – made history. from Disney.

Only once before – in Menken and Ashman’s previous musical film The Little Mermaid – had a Disney film been structured as a stage musical where the songs are an integral part of the plot and characterization rather than just ornamental or digressions.

Courtney Stapleton and Emmanuel Kojo will play the iconic lead roles. Courtney’s credits include Dear Evan Hansen , Six , Wretched and Bat out of hell , and Emmanuel is best known for playing in Oklahoma! , Girl from the north of the country , Show boat and Scottsboro Boys .

Gavin Lee ( Mary Poppins, SpongeBob, The Broadway Musical, Les Misérables ) plays Lumière and Tom Senior ( The pirates of Penzance, Eugene! ) is Gaston.

Sam Bailey ( The X factor winner 2013, Blood brothers ) plays the legendary role of Mrs Potts, with Nigel Richards ( The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables ) like Cogsworth.

Martin Ball ( Les Misérables, Wicked, Top hat ) stars as Maurice, Samantha Bingley ( Martha in the Secret Garden ) is Wardrobe, Emma Caffrey ( Curtains, 42nd Street, Funny Girl ) is Babette and Louis Stockil ( Miss Saigon, Mum Mia! ) plays Le Fou.

The Complete Enterprise is completed by Jake Bishop, Pamela Blair, Liam Buckland, Jasmine Davis, Matthew Dawkins, Autumn Draper, Daisy Edwards, Alyn Hawke, George Hinson, Jennifer Louise Jones, Brontë Lavine, Thomas-Lee Kidd, David McIntosh, Aimee Moore, Sam Murphy, Ashley-Jordon Packer, Emily Squibb, Grace Swaby, India Thornton and Rhys West.

The original West End production of Beauty and the Beast opened at the Dominion Theater in April 1997, performing over 1,100 performances to over two million people and won the 1998 Olivier Award for Best Musical and enjoyed a very successful tour of UK and Ireland in 2001.

This new Beauty , while retaining the lush period sound of the Oscar-winning, Tony® nominated sheet music – which added to music production in 1998 and subsequently retained classics such as Be Our Guest and Beauty and the Beast, as well as that Change in Me will be heard again with new dance arrangements from David Chase, allowing original choreographer Matt West to revisit his work.

Beauty and the Beast is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher.

To book tickets, from £ 20, visit the website here.