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Theater Picks: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ hits Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium

Ben Michael (The Beast) and Catherine Charlebois (Belle).
Ben Michael (The Beast) and Catherine Charlebois (Belle). Photo by Curtis Brown Photography

Disney’s hit stage musical, “Beauty and the Beast,” returns to N.C. Theatre after a dozen years in the wake of this year’s popular live-action film version. The 31-member cast brings Broadway and national tour credits to this special effects-filled production in Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium. 7:30 p.m. July 25-30; 2 p.m. July 29-30. $25-$115. 919-831-6941 or

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