‘Beauty and the Beast, Jr.’ This Weekend in Silver Spring

The upcoming production of Bravo Productions’ “Beauty and the Beast” will be true to its French roots — both historically and contemporaneously. Based on the traditional French fairy tale, “La Belle et la Bete” by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740, Bravo’s current cast of 45 is being included in a segment for French television about the American love affair with musical theatre.

This documentary, called “LA LA LA,” co-produced by Scopia Films and French Channel 5, will explore the roots of this American cultural phenomenon by asking children why they feel so passionately about becoming triple threats in acting, singing and dancing as they practice, perfect and present this onstage art form.

The cast is led by Bravo veterans Prince/Beast Jack White whose credits include Winthrop and Emmett in “Legally Blonde the Musical” and double cast Belles, Cynthia Jacobson (Paulette in “Legally Blonde the Musical,” Judas in “Godspell,” Gertrude in “Seussical”) and Norah Nappi (Pilar in “Legally Blonde the Musical” and Bless the Lord soloist in “Godspell”). Limited tickets for “Beauty and the Beast” at the Randolph Road Theater, 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring, are available at the door for $25 for Saturday, June 16 at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 17 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dress rehearsal tickets for $10 will be available at the door Friday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 16 at 1:30 p.m., 30 minutes before curtain.

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