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Heart and soul: Classic 'Beauty and the Beast' coming to the Fox Theatre

Special Photo: Joan Marcus
 Justin Glaser, right, plays the Beast and Liz Shivener plays Belle in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” The classic love story will be performed at the Fox Theatre on Wednesday through Jan. 16. 

Special Photo: Joan Marcus Justin Glaser, right, plays the Beast and Liz Shivener plays Belle in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” The classic love story will be performed at the Fox Theatre on Wednesday through Jan. 16. 

ATLANTA — Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the award-winning Broadway musical, is coming to Atlanta.

Produced by NETworks Presentations, this elaborate theatrical production will come to life on stage Wednesday through Jan. 16 at the Fox Theatre.

The show features the animated film’s Academy Award-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice and the late Howard Ashman.

If You Go

• What: Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”

• When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m., 3:30 and 8 p.m. Jan. 15; and 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16

• Where: Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta

• Cost: Tickets range from $20 to $60

“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,” said Rob Roth, who is directing the play.

Roth directed the Broadway premiere and is back at the helm for the new tour. What’s fresh about the tour, he said, is not just the timeless moral but a new approach to the visuals.

“So few directors have the opportunity to work on a show several years later in a new form,” he said. “I’m lucky that way, and I’m also lucky because I never get bored with ‘Beauty.’”

For Liz Shivener, who plays Belle, the job is the realization of a dream.

Shivener said she got “really obsessed” with “Beauty” at around age 8.

“Like a lot of little girls, that’s the age when I wanted to be a princess,” she said.

As a child in Ohio, Shivener used to dance around the house and sing all the songs from the show.

“As great as it is for kids to see the DVD version at home, it’s an even bigger treat for them to experience it in a theater,” she said. “The whole world of this story takes on a much bigger scale. Kids don’t forget that.”

Justin Glaser plays the Beast, and Nathaniel Hackmann plays the conceited village bully Gaston.

Tickets cost $20 to $60, and performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m., 3:30 and 8 p.m. Jan. 15; and 1:30 and 7 p.m. Jan. 16.

For more information, visit www.beautyandthebeastontour.com.