If you are familiar with the tale of The Little Mermaid, then you know it takes a room full of visionaries to pull it off on Broadway! In fact, a team of theater artists from around the world gathered along with world-renowned director Francesca Zambello to bring the musical to life.
The Little Mermaid opened on Broadway January 10th and is showing at The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre located at 205 West 46th Street in New York. It follows the story of Ariel, a mermaid who longs to be a part of the human world. Ariel is the youngest of six daughters; she goes against the grain and disobeys her father, King Triton in search of her true ‘home’. Ariel, along with her trusted companion Flounder, visits the surface of the ocean where Ariel sees Prince Eric for the first time and falls in love with him. When a storm hits and Price Eric is thrown into the ocean, Ariel comes to his rescue and saves him from drowning. Ariel later makes a deal with Ursula and is transformed into a human for three days. Within this time, Ariel must get the prince to kiss her; otherwise she will return to being a mermaid and will forever be owned by Ursula.
On stage, Sierra Boggess stars as Ariel making her Broadway debut. She is both captivating and humorous, she shines and she sparkles. Sean Palmer plays Prince Eric and the chemistry between these two is electrifying. Norm Lewis plays King Triton; his voice is just right and demands the authority that a King needs. Trevor Braun plays Flounder, perhaps an audience favorite. As the musical came to an end, a woman shouted that she wanted to take him home. Tituss Burgess plays the part of Sebastian, the lobster. He keeps the audience on the edge of their seats during “Kiss the Girl” and almost makes us want to shout, just kiss her! If anyone can make a witch look good, it definitely has to be Sherie Rene Scott who did a marvelous job as Ursula.
During the musical, some members of the audience (mostly adults) sang along. They were not accompanied by a child, and were left captivated by both the stars and the stage that was superbly transformed underwater. An indication that Disney is for all ages–especially when it comes to Broadway.
Now it’s your turn to discover The Little Mermaid on Broadway! For more information visit http://disney.go.com/theatre/thelittlemermaid/index.html