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Beauty and the Beast’s Hassan Nazari-Robati Illuminates the Stage as Lumiere on Tour

Beauty and the Beast’s Hassan Nazari-Robati Illuminates the Stage as Lumiere on Tour
Hassan Nazari-Robati in the national tour of 'Beauty and the Beast'
'Lumiere loves living life to its fullest.'

Touring the country as Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, actor Hassan Nazari-Robati has definitely found the bright side to embodying the charming candlestick.

“The best part about playing him is that he is just pure light,” Nazari-Robati told Broadway.com. “There’s this awesome duplicity that I’ve found with this character that allows me to be over-the-top one moment and grounded the next, but the whole time it comes from this place of joy and fun.”

In the classic number “Be Our Guest,” it’s obvious that Lumiere is happiest when being hospitable, a sentiment Nazari-Robati shares. “Lumiere and I are most alike with our desire to see those around us happy. Lumiere loves living life to its fullest, but I feel like he loves it more when those around him are able to do the same.”

Bringing the beloved fairy tale to a wide-range of audience members is also a joy for the actor. “The best part about being in this show is the opportunity to continue telling this timeless story for those who grew up with the movie, while at the same time getting to introduce it to a whole new audience that has not,” Nazari-Robati said. “It’s pretty much an actor’s dream.”

Beauty and the Beast is currently playing at the Hippodrome Theatre through February 3. Nazari-Robati is joined by a cast that includes Hilary Maiberger as Belle, Darick Pead as the Beast, Joe Hager as Gaston and James May as Cogsworth.

WEATHER UPDATE: We hope everyone is staying warm during Winter Storm Thor. Thursday March 5’s performance of CHICAGO THE MUSICAL will go on as scheduled. Downtown Baltimore has not been as impacted as outlying areas, and we understand that many have concerns about travelling to the theatre this evening. We urge you to be safe, and if you are unable to attend tonight’s performance, you may exchange your tickets into any of the remaining performances this weekend without any additional fees.Please contact your original point of purchase (Ticketmaster, box office, or Subscriber Hotline) to make your exchange. Exchanges are subject to availability. Please stay safe and we hope to see you at the Hippodrome soon!
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