Following a six month search for performers across China, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast takes the stage at Shanghai Disney Resort starting next month in a new Mandarin production.
Premiering at the Walt Disney Grand Theatre in Disneytown on June 14, the show features an ensemble of well-known and newly discovered Chinese talent of all ages. In addition, a few international performers join the cast to tell the classic “tale as old as time.”
Along with new faces, audiences may spot a few familiar performers from Shanghai Disney Resort’s production of “The Lion King.” The cast includes YaoRong Guo as Belle, DouEr Sun as Beast, Yang Liu as Gaston, Meng Xu as Mrs. Potts, HaiFei Mao as Lumiere, Pai Peng as Cogsworth, Zhi Zhang as LeFou, XueLiang Ma as Maurice, ShaoYu Li as Madame de la Grande Bouche (Mrs. Wardrobe) and YaYu Chen as Babette.
Disney legend Alan Menken, who composed the music for “Beauty and the Beast,” met the cast in Shanghai earlier this year. The original Broadway production team is also working with local cast and crew to bring the beloved story to life once more.
Tickets for the new Mandarin production of “Beauty and the Beast” go on sale on May 24. You can purchase on the official Shanghai Disney Resort website and other official resort travel trade providers.