Beauty and the Beast musical set to charm theatre fans in June

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008

PETALING JAYA: The musical Beauty and the Beast will appeal to theatregoers of all ages because it is entertaining, says Ashley Oliver.

“It has wonderful characters – like the Beast, sexy Gaston, Cogsworth the Clock, Lumiere the Candle and Mrs Potts – that will appeal to everyone. It has everything a good musical needs,” she says.

Belle de jour: Oliver, who plays Belle in ‘Beauty and the Beast’, posingwith some of the children at the CIMB Foundation’s chequepresentation for underprivileged children in Petaling Jaya last Friday.

Oliver, who plays lead character Belle, is currently in Kuala Lumpur to promote the show, to be staged in June. She is confident that Malaysian viewers will love the show as it also boasts elaborate props and a talented cast.

“Anything to do with Disney is always grand. It’s make-believe so everything has to be huge.

“I hope the musical will be something new for the Malaysian audience and a refreshing change ... I always think the reaction is better abroad as the audience is always appreciative,” says Oliver, whose stage credits include playing Dorothy (Wizard of Oz), Sally Bowles (Chicago) and Mary Magdalene (Jesus Christ Superstar).

She arrived from London last Thursday and made an appearance during CIMB Foundation’s cheque presentation for underprivileged children at The Curve the next day.

CIMB Group head of group corporate communications Effendy Shahul Hamid presented RM30,000 worth of Beauty and the Beast tickets to representatives from nine children’s homes in the Klang Valley, Perak and Penang. The homes were Pertubuhan Rumah Amal Cahaya Tengku Ampuan Rahimah, Pusat Kebajikan Good Shepherd, Taman Megah Down Syndrome Orphanage, House of Matthew, Rumah Solehah, Rumah Wake, Desa Amal Jireh, Ramakrishna Ashrama and Warga Miskin Budi Mulia.

Brought by Yvents!, Beauty and the Beast is being staged for the first time in the country from June 24 to July 3 at the Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Tickets are priced at RM90, RM150, RM250 and RM350.

For bookings, call the Ticketcharge hotline at 03-2241 9999 or visit

For corporate and group bookings (more than 20 tickets), call 03-2287 2811 or e-mail The Star is the official newspaper.

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