15 Years Of The Beast

The Shiki Theatrical Company marked 15 years of continuous stagings of the Disney musical “Beauty and the Beast” Nov. 24 with a special curtain call at its Natsu Theater in Tokyo.

Since 1995, the Japan touring company has played more than 3,800 performances in front of 3.7 million paying patrons and in the process made more than $239 million.

The Japanese-language version has played in Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Shizuoka and Sendai.
The play’s run at the Natsu Theater is open-ended.