Full casting has been announced for the U.K. and Eire tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which launches August 25 prior to an official opening August 29 at the Bristol Hippodrome.
Staged by associates of the original Broadway creative group, the forged will be headed by Courtney Stapleton (6, Dear Evan Hansen) and Emmanuel Kojo (Female From the North Country, The Scottsboro Boys) as, respectively, Belle and her Beast.
The two actors will be joined by Tony nominee Gavin Lee (SpongeBob SquarePants, Mary Poppins) as Lumiere, Tom Senior (The Pirates of Penzance) as Gaston, Sam Bailey (Blood Brothers) as Mrs. Potts, Nigel Richards (The Phantom of the Opera) as Cogsworth, Martin Ball (Les Misérables) as Maurice, Samantha Bingley (The Magic formula Yard) as the Wardrobe, Emma Caffrey (Curtains) as Babette, and Louis Stockil (Overlook Saigon) as Le Fou.
The impending tour, which has been re-imagined with new layouts, will attribute a tap dance within just “Be Our Visitor” established for Lee. (Lee’s tapping has turn out to be a signature of kinds, like upside down on the proscenium for Mary Poppins and with various tentacle legs for SpongeBob SquarePants).
Rounding out the corporation are Jake Bishop, Pamela Blair, Liam Buckland, Jasmine Davis, Autumn Draper, Daisy Edwards, Alyn Hawke, George Hinson, Jennifer Louise Jones, Brontë Lavine, Thomas-Lee Kidd, David McIntosh, Aimee Moore, Sam Murphy, Ashley-Jordon Packer, Emily Squibb, Grace Swaby, India Thornton, and Rhys West.
Olivier nominee Matt West will direct and choreograph the creation, main a crew that consists of composer Alan Menken, lyricist Tim Rice, book author Linda Woolverton, scenic designer Stan Meyer, costume designer Ann Hould-Ward, and lighting designer Natasha Katz. The workforce received 5 Tony nominations and a win for Hould-Ward’s costume design, when Disney debuted Magnificence and the Beast on Broadway 26 decades in the past.
West reported, “I am so excited currently to announce Courtney, Emmanuel, and the total firm who will deliver our new manufacturing of Attractiveness to life later this yr. We have a lively and interesting forged, and I search forward to doing work with them and our primary creative workforce to reimagine the present for currently.”
The tour will also have new dance preparations by David Chase, with musical supervision and preparations by Michael Kosarin, orchestrations by Danny Troob, sound design and style by John Shivers, movie and projections style and design by Darryl Maloney, hair layout by David H. Lawrence, illusions structure by Jim Steinmeyer, and casting by Pippa Ailion Casting.
Magnificence and the Beast is generated by Disney Theatrical Productions beneath the supervision of Thomas Schumacher.