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The Beast (Justin Glaser) confronts Belle (Liz Shivener) for the first time in a scene from “Beauty and the Beast,” which opened in Honolulu on Tuesday.
Review by John Berger
Kids love stories that involve adults struggling to learn things or master social skills that are part of their own recent life experiences. That’s one reason NETworks’ production of “Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’” is such perfect children’s entertainment.
The show opened its two-week run in the Blaisdell Concert Hall on Tuesday, and when the kids in the audience were watching the Beast trying to tamp down his temper and speak politely, it was obvious they understood that he was having a hard time trying to say, “please” — and that they could relate.
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The opening night of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at the Blaisdell Concert Hall on September 21, 2010.
‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Cats’ arrive later this year
By John Berger
Six local theater groups will be beneficiaries this fall when Broadway in Hawaii presents national touring company productions of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats” at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.
“Beauty and the Beast” opens Sept. 21 for a two week run through Oct. 3. “Cats” will open Dec. 28 for a one-week run that will include a performance New Year’s Eve.
Steve Boulay, COO of NewSpace Entertainment, also announced the formation of the Broadway in Hawaii Education Fund, which will give “much-needed financial support to arts programs in local schools, as well as programs offered through non-profit organizations.”
Boulay and NewSpace Entertainment have committed 50 cents per ticket sold to funding the new organization. Funds raised will be divided between the Friends of Kennedy Theatre Endowment Fund for Scholarships at the UH-Manoa Theatre and Dance program, the Kaimuki High School Performing Arts Center, the Performing Arts Center of Kapolei, the Castle Performing Arts Learning Center, the Alliance for Drama Education and Honolulu Theatre for Youth.
Tickets for both shows go on sale tomorrow at the Blaisdell Concert Hall Box Office, all Oahu WalMart stores, Sports Gear at Windward Mall, by phone at (800) 745-3000 and online at www.ticketmaster.com.