'Beauty and the Beast' musical set to thrill Singapore

By Shah NairEvents - 11 March 2015 3:40 PM | Updated 23 March 2015

'Beauty and the Beast' musical set to thrill Singapore

It is a story that has been been told in countless ways – from books and television, to film and musicals.

And perhaps one of the most memorable telling of the tale of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is Disney’s 1991 animated feature.

Hilary Maiberger as Belle and Darick Pead as The Beast in 'Beauty and The Beast' | Photo: Base Entertainment Asia

In 1994, the stage musical version of the movie premiered on Broadway, and since then, it has become the ninth longest-running production in Broadway history.

It has reportedly grossed more than US$1.4 billion (S$1.9 billion) worldwide and played in 13 countries. 

In Singapore this March, the staging of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ for a limited run at Marina Bay Sands is brought to life by the original Broadway creative team, in celebration of the musical’s 20th anniversary. 

The international tour is directed by Rob Roth, who received a Tony Award nomination for his Broadway directorial debut with the musical.

Aside from its music (composed by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice), particularly the title song which won several Academy and Grammy awards, the success of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ lies in its enduring message of human kindness, never mind that a woman falls in love with a hideous-looking creature. 

Actress Hilary Maiberger, who has been playing Belle for more than 600 shows of the Broadway hit musical in the last two years, said: “It’s the message of looking past someone’s exterior and loving them for who they are. That’s what makes the story so timeless.”

Darick Pead, who plays the beast, told inSing: “There’s just something special about musicals... I relate to the beast because we’ve all felt that way, we all want to feel loved and we get selfish sometimes, but then because of somebody else’s love, it transforms us.”

Watch the clip below for more of what the two stars say:

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast | Date: 21 March to 19 April 2015 | Time: 8pm (Tue-Fri); 2pm, 8pm (Sat); 1pm, 6pm (Sun) | Venue: MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue | Ticketing: $65, $85, $115, $145, $170, $190 (premium), $460 (box seats for four), $760 (VIP box seats for four)

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Date Mar 21, 2015 - May 03, 2015

VenueMarina Bay Sands - Grand Theatre

Ticket PriceS$65.00 - S$190.00
 (excludes booking fee)