Liliom Premieres at Segerstrom Center

Liliom_scfta
Courtesy of SCFTA

February 7, 2014 – Following the tremendous success of The Little Mermaid, Segerstrom Center is proud to welcome the return of John Neumeier’s Hamburg Ballett with the American Premiere of Liliom. A superb storyteller, Neumeier applies his singular vision to Liliom, the 1909 play made famous by the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel. With an original score by Oscar® winner Michel Legrand, Neumeier’s adaptation is more poignant than ever.

The story is about Liliom, a carousel barker who falls in love with Julie. Liliom loses his job and begins mistreating Julie out of bitterness, though he loves her. Julie discovers she is pregnant and Liliom plans a robbery to help provide for their child. The robbery is botched and Liliom kills himself to avoid capture. Years later, he is allowed to return to Earth for one day to perform a good deed. The romance between Liliom and Julie is timeless.

The ballet is wonderfully choreographed. Neumeier has captured our hearts and imagination by incorporating large crowd scenes, around the carousel and beautiful backgrounds, as well as the quiet, romantic moments between the lead characters, who move with passion and energy throughout the story.

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast
Photo by Joan Marcus

January 14, 2014 – Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the smash hit Broadway musical, made its debut at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Based on the Academy Award®-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide.

Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Belle and Gaston
Photo by Mark Mendez

The NETWorks presentation of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST  is truly amazing. You’ll rediscover unforgettable characters, listen to dazzling musical numbers and be delighted by colorful sets and lavish costumes. The is an entertaining show for the entire family, young and old will be taken to a land filled with enchantment, romance and fun. Don’t miss Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Segerstrom Center for the Arts!