The Walt Disney Company is thrilled to announce the two exceptional performers that have been cast in the lead roles of Belle and the Beast when Beauty and the Beast makes its Australian premiere at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre in June 2023.
Shubshri Kandiah (Belle) and Brendan Xavier (Beast) will bring the iconic roles to life in this new production from the producers of Frozen, Aladdin, The Lion King and Mary Poppins.
Shubshri is one of Australia’s most exciting new leading ladies, best known for her role as Princess Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin and currently playing the title role in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
Sydneysider Brendan is a talented newcomer currently performing in Frozen the Musical which was his first professional musical theatre role.
“The excitement we felt in the audition room when Brendan and Shubshri performed for us was electric. These two extraordinary young performers bring fresh life to these iconic roles, and we are thrilled that a whole new generation of Australian audiences will have the pleasure of witnessing their interpretation in this new production.” said director & choreographer Matt West.
Some of Australia’s most outstanding musical theatre performers and exciting fresh faces have also been assembled and will be announced at a later date including the roles of Lumiere, Gaston, Cogsworth, Mrs Potts, Le Fou, Maurice, Babette and Madame.