The award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, Beauty and the Beast is coming to Orange. Produced by NETworks Presentations, this elaborate theatrical production will come to life on stage at the Lutcher Theater for three performances, December 4-5.

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

Director Rob Roth: “It has been wonderful to bring the entire original design team back together to work on this new production of Beauty and the Beast. As a director, it is rare to have the opportunity to revisit your work fifteen years later. Hopefully I’ve grown and developed as an artist, along with my collaborators, and we can bring 15 years of experience to this new production. We have remained very close as a team over the years of producing the show around the world, and it has been so much fun getting together to re-explore and re-invent the show for this new NETworks tour.The theme of ‘Beauty’ is about seeing past the exterior into the heart of someone, and this is reflected in the design for the show, which is about transparency and layers, seeing past one thing and into another.”

There are performances scheduled for Saturday, December 4 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, December 5 at 1:30 and 7:00 PM. Prices range from $35-$65, with student and group rates available. To reserve tickets, call 409-886-5535.For show information visit

This performance being sponsored by AKROTEX and is also funded in partby the City of Orange through the Southeast Texas Arts Council.

The Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts is located at 707 Main, Orange, Texas.