A classic tale told anew

A fairy tale fantasy for the entire family! In his new ballet, Michael Pink tells the beloved story of love and redemption, following Belle and the Prince who was transformed into a Beast by an enchantress’ spell. Beauty and the Beast will feature our international cast of dancers, alongside almost 80 children from our Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy.

Beauty and the Beast will be everything you expect from the collaborators of Peter Pan and Mirror Mirror. The world premiere combines the artistic talents of Michael Pink (Choreographer); Philip Feeney (Composer); Paul Daigle (Costume Designer); Todd Edward Ivins (Scenic Designer); and David Grill (Lighting Designer). Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra will play Philip Feeney’s score live.

Todd Edward Ivins' set design in miniature.

"In my interpretation of the Grimm's fable, Belle's imagination is her strength. She literally bursts out of the pages of her books to take on the Beast, his world, and her destiny."

Michael Pink, Artistic Director

Michael Pink’s Beauty and the Beast is a story of love, empathy and redemption, true to the traditional fairy tale. Belle’s curious mind is fed by literature. Her love of reading arms her with the knowledge and imagination to freely enter the magical realm of the Beast’s castle. The Beast is a product of his entitled upbringing. He is callous, uncaring, distasteful of his community — many of which are starving and needy. This is the classical fairytale but one where we see two strong characters meet in the middle. Beauty and the Beast.

Beauty and the Beast will sell out. Buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Due to popular demand, we have added a Saturday matinee on April 14, that has excellent seating availability.



Milwaukee Ballet Box Office: Located at 504 W. National Ave; Open M-F 8:30am – 5pm; Call 414.902.2103 ($4/ticket handling fee).

Marcus Center Box Office: Located at 929 N. Water Street; Open M-F 9:30am–9pm, Sat. 12–9pm; Sun 12–5pm; Call 414.273.7206 ($4.50/ticket handling fee on phone and no ticket handling fee in person at the Box Office).

Ticketmaster.com: Visit ticketmaster.com for online purchase. Ticketmaster charges apply.

UPAF SmART Card holders can redeem their special offer to the premiere performance on Thursday evening. Details here.


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