"TALE AS OLD AS TIME:" "BEAUTY AND THE BEAST" ARRIVES AT SACRAMENTO MUSIC CIRCUS/WELLS FARGO PAVILLION JUNE 20-JULY 2.
Compiled By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
Broadway veteran James Snyder returns to his native Sacramento to bring to life the Beast in “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” after last appearing at Music Circus in “The Fantasticks.”
The magic of “Beauty and the Beast” heads to the Music Circus June 20 through July 2.
Snyder recently finished his run in Broadway’s first a cappella musical, “In Transit,” having previously appeared opposite Idina Menzel on Broadway and in the National Tour of “If/Then,” and originating the title role in Broadway’s “Cry-Baby.”
Last seen at Music Circus as Ariel in the 2012 production of The Little Mermaid, Jessica Grové returns as another Disney princess, Belle.
Grové’s past work includes the Broadway productions of “A Little Night Music” (with Bernadette Peters) and “Sunday in the Park with George,” as well as originating the role of Dorothy in the Madison Square Garden and National Touring productions of “The Wizard of Oz.”
Jared Gertner, making his Music Circus debut as LeFou, has performed in “The Book of Mormon” on Broadway, in the First National Tour and in London as Elder Cunningham, as well as in Roundabout Theatre Company’s “Ordinary Days,” and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” in San Francisco, Boston, and on Broadway.
Broadway veteran David Hibbard, portraying Cogsworth, made his Broadway debut in “Cats” and spent three years as Rum Tum Tugger; other Broadway shows include “Spamalot,” “Billy Elliot,” “A Class Act,” and most recently “Something Rotten!”
Michael Paternostro, who played Carmen Ghia in “The Producers” at Music Circus, will play Lumiere; his Broadway credits include originating Greg in the “A Chorus Line” revival, “Soul Doctor,” “Sweet Smell of Success,” “Fosse,” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.”
Peter Saide will tackle the role of Gaston, previously appearing at Music Circus as Berger in the acclaimed 2015 production of “Hair,” as well the Las Vegas production of “Jersey Boys” as Bob Gaudio, and the international tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” as the Prince, opposite Lea Salonga.
Playing Mrs. Potts, Shannon Warne joins us for her 4th season at Music Circus having last played Winifred Banks in the 2014 production of “Mary Poppins;” additionally she has toured as Nimue in “Camelot” with Michael York and performed in “Chicago” at the Hollywood Bowl.
Jacquelyn Piro Donovan adds Madame de la Grand Bouche to her many appearances at Music Circus, including “Hello, Dolly!”, “The Wizard of Oz,” and “Oliver!,” in addition to her various Broadway and tour credits including “Les Miserables” (as both Cosette and Fantine), “Miss Saigon,” and “Sunset Boulevard.” She's also appeared in frequent Music Circus productions including: “Brigadoon,” “Grease,” “Into the Woods,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” and “The Secret Garden.”
Gordon Goodman will return this summer to play Maurice, adding to his numerous theater, film, and television credits.
Courtney Iventosch last appeared at Music Circus as Jean MacLaren in “Brigadoon.” She returns as Babette, having appeared on Broadway in “Something Rotten!” and in “Wicked”on Broadway and on tour.
Young local actors Cooper Miller and Mia Fisher, both of whom have performed in several shows with Elk Grove-based Musical Mayhem Productions, will be taking on the role of Chip at alternating performances.
”Beauty and the Beast” will be directed by Glenn Casale, a highly respected figure in international theatre who has directed more than 50 productions for Music Circus and Broadway Sacramento over the past 20 years.
His extensive experience includes: work on Broadway, off-Broadway and in some of the country’s most prestigious regional theatres, as well as staging nearly a dozen productions of “Beauty and the Beast” throughout Europe.
The choreographer is John MacInnis,who was Associate Choreographer for “The Book of Mormon,” “Something Rotten!” and Disney’s “Aladdin” on Broadway.
Casale’s wide-ranging experience includes directing and choreographing the Olympic Medals Ceremonies at the 2010 and 2002 Olympic Games.
Musical Director Craig Barna has been with Music Circus for 30 years and has conducted on Broadway, on tour, in L.A. and for several prominent stock and regional theaters across the country, and his television experience includes “Peter Pan,” “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” and “The 53rd Annual Tony Awards.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: To Purchase tickets for "Beauty And The Beast" call 916-557-1999 (M-SA,10 AM - 6 PM.
IN-PERSON: 1419 H Street in Midtown Sacramento(M-SA, 10 AM-6 PM).
SEASON TICKETS: can be purchased through the Wells Fargo Pavilion box office by phone or in-person.
GROUP TICKETS: (12 or more tickets), can be purchased by calling our Groups Sales team at 916-557-1198.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Some information used in this report obtained from the Sacramento Music Circus publicity department.