Two years ago I wrote about a moment of parenting bliss when my daughter and I bonded over the musical Cats and I consequently took her to see her first live musical at a local theater. So much has changed since then. Now my daughter is reading my favorite books at a breakneck pace, her brother coming along quickly behind her. They have both begun to play the piano and I often play duets with both of them. I am reliving some of my favorite moments of musical and educational discovery through their eyes, and it is nothing short of magical.
Tomorrow night we take another step together on our musical journey as we attend Disney’s Beauty and the Beast live on stage at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C.
During the four months that I lived in London in the fall of 1997, I walked past the Beauty and the Beast marquis nearly every day on my way from the Tube stop to my classes. I always vowed to make time to see it, but I somehow never did. Since then my children have fallen in love with Disney’s version of the classic tale, and we have watched the movie, read the books, met the characters, and even experienced the smaller stage show at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida. I am thrilled to be able to take advantage of our close proximity to the National Theatre to watch this award winning Broadway musical with my husband and our children.
I look forward to sharing more after tomorrow night’s family theater date night! Until then, here is a bit more information for those of you in the D.C. Metro area:
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast features the animated film’s Academy Award®-winning
score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional
songs with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda
The original creators of the Broadway production are together again for this new touring
production. The play is directed by Rob Roth and choreographed by Matt West, with
costume design by Ann Hould-Ward (Tony Award® winner for her work on Disney’s
Beauty and the Beast), lighting design by Natasha Katz, scenic design by Stanley A.
Meyer, sound design by John Petrafesa Jr., and music supervision by Michael
Tuesday, June 12 – Thursday, June 14 at 7:30p
Friday, June 15 at 8:00p
Saturday, June 16 at 2:00p and 8:00p
Sunday, June 17 at 1:00p and 6:30p
Tuesday, June 19 – Thursday, June 21 at 7:30p
Friday, June 22 at 8:00p
Saturday, June 23 at 2:00p and 8:00p
Sunday, June 24 at 1:00p and 6:30p
Tickets for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast begin at $39 (plus applicable service
charges) and are currently on sale at the National Theatre box office, through Telecharge
at (800) 447-7400, or online at Telecharge.com. For group tickets of 15 or more, call
(866) 276-2947. For more information, please visit NationalTheatre.org or
Press passes were provided for us to be able to attend this event free of charge.