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JANUARY 12, 2016

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Be Our Guest at the #AcademyofMusic Feb. 16-21.  Get your tix to the national touring production of @BeautyonTour now!

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Amanda Conte

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Networks Presents 

Disney's Beauty and the Beast 

at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music

February 16-21, 2016

Original Creators of Hit Broadway Musical Reunite for

New Touring Production

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, January 12, 2016) –– Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, returns to Philadelphia’s Academy of Music from February 16-21, 2016 as part of the Broadway Philadelphia 2015-16 season. Produced by NETworks Presentations, this new touring production reunites the creators of the original Broadway production. The show 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 (five-time Tony Award® winner), Scenic Design by Stanley A. Meyer, Sound Design by John Petrafesa Jr. and Music Supervision by Michael Kosarin.

“It’s always a special treat when we’re able to invite families and theater lovers to relive a classic like Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “This treasured story, brought back to life by the Broadway production’s original creators, is sure to be a must-see for fans of all ages.”

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast features the Academy Award®-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs composed by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda Woolverton.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress.  If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Based on the 1991 Academy Award®-winning animated feature film and celebrating 21 years since its Broadway premiere in 1994, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the ninth longest running musical in Broadway history that has become an international sensation seen by over 35 million people worldwide in 22 countries, and translated into 9 different languages. This production launched in February 2010 and has been seen by nearly 3 million people while playing over 1,500 performances in all 50 United States and 8 Canadian Provinces.

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Academy of Music at the Kimmel Center

Dates and times:

February 16, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

February 17, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

February 18, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

February 19, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

February 20, 2016, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

February 21, 2016, 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.


Tickets are on sale to the public now and start at $26.50. Tickets can be purchased by calling (215) 893-1999, visiting, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling (215) 790-5883.


NETworks Presentations LLC (Producer), from its inception nearly 20 years ago, has been an industry leading producer and manager of touring musical theatre productions and remains committed to delivering quality entertainment to audiences worldwide.  Having toured over 60 productions extensively throughout North America, NETworks is now expanding its tours into many international markets including South America, Greece, Italy, Turkey and South East Asia.  Current touring productions include Cameron Mackintosh’s The Phantom of the Opera, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast domestic and international productions, Dirty Dancing, Blue Man Group, Elf the Musical and coming soon Bullets Over Broadway, Once the Musical and an international tour of Shrek The Musical.


Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, The Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the University of the Arts Merriam Theater. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of The Kimmel Center’s 2015-16 Season.  American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit



The Shubert Organization has been in the forefront of the American theatre since the start of the 20th century. The company has produced and co-produced hundreds of Broadway plays and musicals.  Under the leadership of Philip J. Smith, Chairman, and Robert E. Wankel, President, the Shubert Organization owns and operates 17 historic Broadway theatres, six off-Broadway venues, and the Forrest Theatre in Philadelphia. Notable Shubert productions and co-productions include Cats, Sunday in the Park with George, The Heidi Chronicles, Jerome RobbinsBroadway, Amadeus, Children of a Lesser God, The Grapes of Wrath, Aint Misbehavin, and Spamalot. In recent seasons, Shubert co-producing credits have included God of Carnage, Lucky Guy, Once, Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, This Is Our Youth, A Delicate Balance, The Elephant Man, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Audience, Skylight and Wolf Hall. Since 1983, Shubert Ticketing and Telecharge have provided superior ticketing and marketing services to the entertainment industry.

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