Theater/Dance/Performance Art

Beauty and the Beast

When: Tue., June 26, 7:30 p.m., Wed., June 27, 7:30 p.m., Thu., June 28, 7:30 p.m., Fri., June 29, 8 p.m., Sat., June 30, 2 & 8 p.m. and Sun., July 1, 1:30 & 7 p.m. 2012

Since its general conception as a fairytale in the 1700s, Beauty and the Beast has had so many adaptations that it’s neatly reflective of Disney's "Tale as Old as Time," a song from its animated version of the story. Complete with lively additions (including dancing cutlery and home furnishings), the Broadway musical — coming to Charlotte for a six-day run at Belk Theater — tells the familiar story of beautiful Belle and the ill-tempered, yet soft-hearted Beast who risks remaining a hideous creature if his inner beauty doesn’t capture someone’s heart. The Broadway version is an over-the-top production (c'mon, what'd you expect when Disney and Broadway meshed?) with plenty of special effects, costumes and theatrics.

Anita Overcash

Price: $20 and up

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