The Little Mermaid - Plot
The story of Disneys The Little Mermaid revolves around a mermaid named Ariel. She lives in the sea with her father King Triton and dreams of leading the life of a human. On the other hand Tritons evil sister Ursula wants to rule the sea kingdom. Ariel falls in love with Prince Eric (human) and Ursula wants to use the situation to her advantage. She casts a spell and transforms Ariel into human but if the two (Ariel and Prince Eric) do not kiss each other within three days, the sea witch would lose her powers. Each character in the play is caught in a dilemma. Ursula is desperate for the throne, Ariel wants a happy human life with her prince while her father King Triton wants to keep her away from The World Above. As the situation takes further twists and turns, the audiences get to enjoy romance, drama and the supernatural powers of a fantasy land.
Broadway Debut & Following Productions
The Little Mermaid musical made its Broadway debut at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, on December, 6th, 2007. The show was directed by Francesza Zambello, with the choreography by debutant Stephen Mear. The scenic design, costumes and lighting were done by George Tsypin, Tatiana Noginova and Natsha Katz respectively. With Sierra Boggess in the lead role, the star cast comprised Sean Palmer, Norm Lewis, Sherie Rene, John Treacy Egan, Jonathon Freeman, Tituss Burgess, Tyler Maynard, Trevor Braun and Brian DAddario. The musical was a huge Broadway hit with the production running for 685 shows before closing in 2009.
The success of the Broadway adaptation led to numerous productions of the musical around the world. It was staged in countries including Philippines, Russia, The Netherlands as well as Japan. Performed by a different creative team in each region, the musical was able to draw a large number of attendees every time. Within the US The Little Mermaid was performed by various productions at the prestigious venues like the Tuacahn Amphitheatre in Ivins, Utah and the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey.
Production Run in Dallas
Disneys The Little Mermaid is now making its Dallas debut at the Music Hall at Fair Park, in February. The musical will be staged throughout February until March as part of the Dallas Summer Musicals event that showcases the best of Broadway. Other musicals to be presented at the venue over the following months include The Wizard of Oz, Evita and Mamma Mia.
The new production has Glenn Casale as the director with original choreography by Glenn John MacInnis. The star cast includes Chelsea Morgan Stock in lead role, Eric Kunze as Prince Eric and Liz McCartney as Ursula.
The structure and script of the play has been altered to give it a fresh and modern appeal. The music is by the eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken. Menken and lyricist Glann Slater have added a number of new tracks for this new production.
Many other surprise elements are anticipated from the upcoming shows. The Little Mermaid has always been a favorite fantasy tale among children and with refined visuals, acoustics and a thoroughly talented creative team, it is expected to come to life on stage in the most spectacular fashion.