One of the lurking frustrations of programming musical theater is that you can have a show programmed and ready to present, and rights can be revoked at the last minute due to circumstances way beyond your control.
A notable instance in Lexington took place 10 years ago when Paragon Music Theatre lost the rights to its debut production, Crazy for You, after the show had already been cast, and organizers had to regroup for a very successful production of State Fair.
Lexington Children’s Theatre is the latest local group to get bit by this bug, as it lost the rights to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast for this summer’s family musical production. LCT general manager Lesley Farmer said the lost show was due to a touring production of the show. Rights holders will often withhold or withdraw rights to a show if a tour is out to avoid competition with the tour. It is enough a fact of life that Farmer said, “Nothing that we haven’t had happen to us before and I am sure we will at some point face again.”
But the loss of one princess is the gain of another: Bye, bye Belle and hello Cinderella.
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein III’s Cinderella is the replacement show, with eight performances July 24 to Aug. 3. Farmer says tickets already purchased for Beauty and the Beast will be honored for Cinderella and audition times will remain the same, this Saturday and Sunday.
Both shows have been Summer Family Musical productions before, Beauty in 2007 and Cinderella in 2008.