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    Broadway in Tucson: ‘Be our guest’

    Broadway in Tucson:  Be our guest

    Your Thanksgiving dinner probably won’t contain several musical numbers or dancing utensils, but Tucson Music Hall’s Thanksgiving weekend will. Tuesday through Sunday, Broadway in Tucson presents a new version of Disney’s musical, “”Beauty and the Beast.””

    It’s a tale as old as time. Beast is a prince trapped in his beastly form, along with his entire castle, by an enchantress’ spell. Belle is an ordinary girl living in a simple town. When their paths cross unexpectedly, Beast must learn how to love in order to break the curse and free everyone, including himself, before the time runs out.

    But this time around, the creative team from the original Broadway show reunited to revamp the show. The sets are brighter. They added new songs and choreography. And this is the first tour of the show’s new version.

    “”This is the first chance you will get to see it, and nobody will be disappointed, I’m sure,”” said Merritt David Janes, who plays Lumiere.

    His favorite part of the show — and probably the most recognizable — is musical number “”Be Our Guest.””

    “”I love that song,”” Janes said. “”It’s a fun part for me to get to test the enthusiasm of the crowd every night. They go nuts for that song.””

    The Disney movie has been around since 1991, the musical opened in 1994 and the rest is history. The show has been performed in over 120 cities in 21 countries and translated into eight languages, including Chinese, German and Italian.

    “”‘Beauty and the Beast’ (is) one of those great Disney stories,”” Janes said. “”It’s a great opportunity to take a break from your daily grind and sort of step into the magical world of Disney, hear some great, fantastic singing and have a night of fantastic entertainment.

    “”If it’s your first theater experience, it’s a great introduction into the world of theater,”” Janes said. “”If it’s not your first experience, you can expect to be entertained. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is one of the classic Disney stories, and everybody loves it — you’re not going to be disappointed.””


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