Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the award-winning hit Broadway musical, is coming to life in Mandarin on the Walt Disney Grand Theater stage at Shanghai Disney in 2018. The new show is recruiting China’s music theatre stars as well as up and coming talent from across China at both invited and open call auditions that began last month.

The Disney landmark musical Beauty and the Beast is one of the longest-running and highest-grossing Broadway shows of all time. Since its Broadway premiere in 1994, Beauty and the Beast has been produced around the globe in 37 countries, been seen by more than 35 million people, earned numerous major arts awards, and is the tenth longest running musical in Broadway history.

It will replace the first-ever Mandarin production of Disney’s The Lion King, which will play its final performance on October 8th, 2017. The closing night will mark that show’s 500th performance.

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