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Susan's City Scene
December 27, 2013, 05:00 AM By Susan Cohn Daily Journal

Joan Marcus
HAPPILY EVER AFTER: DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST FIND LOVE IN AN ENCHANTED CASTLE. Darick Pead is the Beast and Hilary Maiberger is Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the SHN Curran Theatre in San Francisco through Jan. 5.

DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST AT THE SHN CURRAN: A TALE AS OLD AS TIME, AND A DELIGHT FOR ANY AGE. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. Live music adds a rich texture throughout, from the smashing Las Vegas-scale production number of Be Our Guest to the intimate first dance of Belle and the still unredeemed Beast. Part of the joy of this humor-filled romantic fantasy is watching the youngest audience members react with wide-eyed wonder as Belle, the Beast, Gaston, Mrs. Potts, Lumiere, Cogsworth and all the other well-known film characters come to life. Music by Alan Menken. Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice. Book by Linda Woolverton. Choreography by Matt West. Directed by Rob Roth. Two hours and 30 minutes with one 15-minute intermission. Through Jan. 5.

STAGE DIRECTIONS: The SHN Curran Theatre is located at 445 Geary St. San Francisco, just one block off Union Square. The Downtown Center Garage at 325 Mason St. (at O’Farrell Street) is the closest lot. The BART Powell/Market Street station is three blocks away.

TICKETS: Tickets at and (888) 746-1799. Early show times (noon, 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) make it easier to take younger children. Be wary of buying tickets from any third-party website. SHN has no way of validating or replacing tickets that have been purchased through any website other than

OH, AND DID YOU KNOW? Disney’s Beauty and the Beast ran on Broadway for 5,461 performances between 1994 and 2007, becoming Broadway’s eighth longest-running production.


THE ORPHAN OF ZHAO BRINGS N.E.A. ART WORKS GRANT TO AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATER. American Conservatory Theater has received a $30,000 National Endowment for the Art Works grant to support its June 4–29, 2014 production of The Orphan of Zhao at The Geary Theatre. This will be the United States premiere of James Fenton’s reinvention of the Chinese legend often described as the Chinese Hamlet. Directed by A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff, the production will feature the A.C.T. debut of stage and screen star (and San Francisco’s own) BD Wong (M. Butterfly, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”). Tickets can be purchased from the A.C.T. box office at 405 Geary St. San Francisco, by phone at (415) 749-2228 or online at


CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON’S DAZZLING CINDERELLA RETURNS TO SAN FRANCISCO BALLET. Inspired by the Brothers Grimm and Perrault fairy tales, Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella was a sensation when it had its U.S. Premiere at San Francisco Ballet in May 2013. Happily for Bay Area theatregoers, the production returns for ten performances March 11 to 23, 2014. The wildly imaginative co-production with the Dutch National Ballet features dramatic music by Prokofiev, spectacular sets and costumes by Julian Crouch (known for his designs for Metropolitan Opera and the Broadway musical The Addams Family), and puppetry by Obie Award winner Basil Twist. Approximate running time is two hours and 33 minutes. Tickets available at or (415) 865-2000. San Francisco Ballet performs at the 1932 War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. Parking at Civic Center Garage on McAllister Street between Larkin and Polk, or at the Performing Arts Garage on Grove between Franklin and Gough streets. BART lines serve “Civic Center” station three blocks away at Market and Eighth streets. Traffic delays and parking can be unpredictable, so plan to arrive early to assure a relaxed, enjoyable experience. The theater enforces a strict no late seating policy, meaning that guests will not be seated after the lights have dimmed. Latecomers will be asked to stand until there is a break in the program, and will be seated at the discretion of management. Planning on dining before the performance? Avoid a rush to your seat by enjoying an elegant hot buffet in the lower lounge of the Opera House beginning two hours before every performance, except the Saturday matinee. Call (415) 861-8150 for reservations or to pre-order. Patrons dining in the Opera House may enter through the North Carriage entrance of the Opera House (adjacent to the War Memorial courtyard) up to two hours prior to curtain.

Susan Cohn is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association and the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. She may be reached at



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