It's not a tale as old as time, but it's definitely been told many times: The 1994 musical Beauty and the Beast
, based on the extraordinary 1991 Disney animated film, ran for 5,464 performances by the time it closed on Broadway in 2007, becoming the Great White Way's eighth-longest running production in history. Now, the musical, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by the late Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and a book by Linda Woolverton, stops in D.C. as part of yet another national tour. To June 24. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Tickets are $39 to $116.50. Call 202-628-6161 or visit nationaltheatre.org
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