The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is delighted to announce the cast and creative team for its production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast this holiday season. Running from Nov. 30-Dec. 31, 2022, the Broadway @ the Ordway2022-2023 show will be the first musical the Ordway has produced since 2019.

“We’re back! Finally! We’re so excited to be producing custom-made musicals for you again,” said Executive Producer for Broadway @ the Ordway Rod Kaats. “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a modern Broadway classic for a reason. This enchanting musical adaptation of the legendary folktale, with endearing, unforgettable characters, is profound, moving and hilarious. The Alan Menken/Howard Ashman score is full of show-stopping, foot-tapping songs that make you want to sing. And our visionary creative team has designed a dazzling, eye-popping, jaw-droppingly gorgeous production. There’s no better place to be this holiday season than Broadway @ the Ordway!”

Playing Belle, the book-loving, adventure-seeking heroine is the Twin Cities’ own RajanéKaturah, who returns to the Ordway from her new home in New York. Broadway actor and leading man Nathaniel Hackmannwill make his Ordway debut as the Beast and Jamecia Bennett, the lead vocalist of the Grammy-Award® winning Sounds of Blackness, will play Mrs. Potts. Also making their Ordway debut are Regan Featherstone as Gaston and Phillip Taratula as Cogsworth, who, with Twin Cities favorites Rush Benson, Jorie Ann Kosel, Thomasina Petrus, T. Mychael Rambo and Max Wojtanowicz, round out the principal cast.

The director and musical supervisor of Broadway @ the Ordway's 2019 reimagined production of 42nd StreetMichael Heitzman and David Holcenberg (Tony Award® Nominee for MJ, The Musical on Broadway) will act as director and music supervisor of Beauty and the Beast. Making their Ordway debuts are Robbie Roby (choreographer), Elise Santa (music director) Adam Koch and Steven Royal (Set and Projection), Cory Pattak (lights), Ryan Moller (costumes) and Joanna Lynne Staub (sound).

Beauty and the Beast is the beloved Broadway musical stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning film. This production will invite audiences to step into an enchanted world this holiday season. Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman is taken prisoner in a castle by a beast – who is really an unlucky young prince who lost his way and is now trapped in an evil spell. With the help of singing teapots, clocks and candlesticks, Belle breaks the spell and frees the prince with a simple but powerful act of love.

“There is nothing like seeing an Ordway musical during the holiday season,” said Ordway President and CEO Chris Harrington. “From the lights of Rice Park to the festive décor throughout our lobby, it is a very special experience that families treasure. So be our guest and enjoy Beauty and the Beast in downtown Saint Paul!”

Photos are available for download at Ordway.org/media.

Special thanks to Broadway @ the Ordway Series sponsor Bremer Bank and to the Minnesota State Arts Board for their major support of the Ordway. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will be sponsored by SPIRE Credit Union.

ABOUT THE ENSEMBLE

Rajané Katurah as Belle, Nathaniel Hackmann as the Beast and Jamecia Bennett as Mrs. Potts. Other actors in principal roles include Rush Benson, Regan Featherstone, Jorie Ann Kosel, Thomasina Petrus, T. Mychael Rambo, Phillip Taratula and Max Wojtanowicz.

The Ensemble includes Maggie Bergman, Reese Britts, Brian Bose, Megan Carver, Noah Coon, Shannon Dancler, James Delage, Jackson Grove, Jon Hegge, Grace Janiszewski, Patrick Jeffrey, Abby Magalee, Andrea Mislan, Wesley Mouri, Kym Chambers Otto, Brett Pederson, Emily Scinto, Sam Stoll, Carl Swanson, Dayle Theisen and Chris Tipps. Stage Management team includes Sharon Bach, Kathryn Sam Houkom, Rachael Rhoades and Z Makila.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM Directed by Michael Heitzman, Choreography by Robbie Roby, Associate Choreographer Renee Guittar, Music Supervisor David Holcenberg, Music Director Elise Santa, Scenic and Projection Design Adam Koch and Steven Royal, Costume Design by Ryan Moller, Lighting Design by Cory Pattak, Sound Design by Joanna Lynne Staub,Casting by Rachel Murch-D’Olimpio, Sophie Peyton and Sheena Janson Kelley.

ABOUT DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Beauty and the Beast is a Disney stage musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Woolverton. The musical is adapted from the Academy Award-winning 1991 animated film of the same name. Beauty and the Beast was Disney’s first Broadway production and was nominated for nine Tony Awards®, including Best Musical. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is Broadway’s tenth longest-running production in history.

Published
September 22, 2022