Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, The Broadway Musical Extended at CASA 0101 Theater Though January 28, 2018

Andrea Somara (Belle) and Omar Mata (Beast) in Disney’s Beauty and The Beast

Boyle Heights, CA (January 23, 2018) –

 Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, The Broadway Musical has been extended at CASA 0101 Theater, 2012 E. First Street (at St. Louis Street), Boyle Heights, CA  90033 through Sunday, January 28, 2018.  Conrado Terrazas, Executive Producer of TNH Productions and Emmanuel Deleage, Producer and Executive Director of CASA 0101 Theater announced today:  “Due to critical acclaim and popular demand, we are very happy to announce that we are extending our production of Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, The Broadway Musical for one additional week, until Sunday, January 28, 2018.”  The production is being presented by CASA 0101 Theater, TNH Productions and El Centro Del Pueblo, in association with Councilmember Gil Cedillo.

Valley Scene Magazine has raved:  “CASA 0101 Theater in Boyle Heights treats its audience to a stunning, yet cozy and intimate production that allows the audience to feel immersed within the story. The quality of the performances was phenomenal and really brought the popular Broadway musical to life.”  Paul Mryvold’s Theatre Notes wrote:  “Under the direction of Rigo Tejeda, the cast of 25 fills the stage with dynamic energy, singing and dancing up a storm – kudos to musical director Caroline Benzon and choreographer Lia Metz. The costuming, designed by Abel Alvarado, is nothing short of sumptuous, a feast for the eyes.”  StageSceneLA.com commented:  “Making this particular Disney’s Beauty and The Beast an audience draw for L.A. theatergoers is a diversity in casting both groundbreaking and reflective of our city’s mix of Latinos, African-Americans, Asian-Americans and Angelenos of European ancestry.”

Performances for the Extension Weekend will be given on Friday, January 26th at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, January 27th at 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 28th at 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  The perennial favorite includes Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Book by Linda Woolverton.  The show was Originally Directed by Robert Jess Roth and Originally Produced Disney Theatrical Productions.  This production is directed by directed by Rigo Tejeda, musically directed by Caroline Benzon and choreographed Lia Metz.

The cast for the Extension Weekend includes:  As Belle, a smart, plucky young woman from a provincial town: Understudy Sarah Kennedy; As The Beast, monster of the castle who used to be a prince:  Omar Mata; As the Prince, a selfish young man:  Jesse Maldonado; As LeFou, a dim-witted lackey to Gaston:  Maxwell Peters; As Gaston, a pompous and dim-witted “ladies man”:  Andreas Pantazis; As Maurice, an inventor and Belle’s father:  Luis Marquez; As Cogsworth, an English major-domo of the castle who is becoming a mantle clock:  Jeremy Saje (Jan. 26 at 8:00p.m., Jan. 28 at 11:30 a.m., Jan. 28 at 4:00 p.m. and Henry Alex Kelly (Jan. 27 at 3:00 p.m.); As Lumiere, a French mâitre d’ who is becoming a candelabra:  Caleb Green; As Babette, a maid who is becoming a feather duster: Rosa Navarrete; As Madame de la Grande Bouche, an opera singer who is becoming a wardrobe:  Allison Flanagan (Jan. 27 at 3:00 p.m., Jan. 28 at 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., and Understudy Stephanie Dietz (Jan.26 at 8:00 p.m.); As Chip, Mrs. Pott’s son, who is becoming a teacup: Sean Vargas (Jan. 26 at 8:00 p.m. and Jan. 28 at 11:30 a.m.) and Noah Dobson (Jan. 27 at 3:00 p.m. and Jan. 28 at 4::00 p.m.); As Mrs. Potts, a cook who is becoming a teapot:  Jacquelin Schofield; As Old Beggar Woman, an Enchantress in disguise/Ensemble: Andrea Ramirez; As Ensemble Members, playing Townspeople, including Aristocratic Lady played Allison Flanagan; Sausage Curl Girl played by Gabrielle Maldonado; Baker, Fish Man, Wolf and Pepper Grinder played by Jesse Maldonado; Lady with Baby played by Judith Mercado; Milkmaids played by Chrissi Erickson and Heather Forte; Bookseller played by Henry Alex Kelly; Silly Girls played by Judith Mercado, Michael Gallardo and Heather Forte; Gaston’s Cronies played by Jesse Maldonado and Sebastian Gonzalez; Monsieur D’Arque played by Matthew Noah and Ensemble Angelina Rangel.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast follows Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and a Beast, who is actually a handsome young Prince who lives in a luxurious castle in France.  When an Old Beggar Woman, who is actually an Enchantress, asks the Prince for shelter from the freezing cold, the Prince shuns the beggar for her repulsive appearance, at which time the Enchantress appears transforming the Prince into a Beast for his cold-hearted and selfish ways.  The Enchantress casts a magic spell upon the Prince’s entire castle, including his good-natured servants, who are transformed into household objects to reflect their different personalities. Ashamed of his new appearance, the Beast conceals himself inside his castle with a magic mirror as his only window to the outside world, and an enchanted rose, which will bloom until he turns 21 years of age.  Time is running out. If the Beast can learn to love a woman and earn her love in return before the final petal falls off the rose, the curse will be broken and he will return to his original self as a Prince.  But, if not, he will remain a Beast forever, and all the members of his household will be doomed as well for all eternity.

Tickets are $35 per person for General Admission; $30 per person for Students and Seniors; and $25 per person for Boyle Heights residents with ID and Children 10 and Under.  Special Discounts are available for Groups as well; please call the Box Office to inquire.  This show is recommended for families.  Advance reservations are highly encouraged.

           Dinner and Theater Packages are available as well at CASA Fina Restaurant and Cantina, located at 1842 E. First Street, Boyle Heights, CA  90033, just a few block away from CASA 0101 Theater.  Premium Dinners are an additional $25 to your ticket price; Regular Dinners are an additional $15 to your ticket price; and Deserts are an additional $5 to your ticket price.  Please visit www.casa0101.org for menu options and choices.

Free Parking is available on several streets surrounding the theatre.  Free Parking is also available on Fridays and Saturdays only at the Boyle Heights City Hall Parking Lot located at 2130 East First Street (at Chicago Street) by entering the lot from Chicago Street; the lot is closed on Sundays.  Metro Gold Line train stations are located on First Street in Boyle Heights at both Soto Street, and at Boyle Street (Mariachi Plaza), within a short walking distance to the theater.  For tickets, please call the CASA 0101 Theater Box Office at 323-263-7684, E-mail tickets@casa0101.org, or buy online at www.casa0101.org.  Group Discounts are available by calling the Box Office.  The running time of the show is 131 minutes.  To view performance footage of the production, please visit:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TF-0MAMPIs and https://youtu.be/ChpXOFnPfNc
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