Dozens of stars from stage and screen packed the Lunt-Fontanne on Thursday, January 10 for the official opening night of Disney's The Little Mermaid.
Based on the Disney film and the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, the company of The Little Mermaid features Sierra Boggess as
'Ariel,' Sean Palmer as 'Prince Eric,' Norm Lewis as 'King Triton,' Tituss
Burgess as 'Sebastian,' Eddie Korbich as 'Scuttle,' Jonathan Freeman as
'Grimsby,' Derrick Baskin as 'Jetsam,' Tyler Maynard as 'Flotsam,' Trevor
Braun, Brian D'Addario, Cody Hanford and J.J. Singleton as 'Flounder,' and
Sherie Rene Scott as 'Ursula.'
"The Little Mermaid
takes place in a magical kingdom beneath the sea, where a beautiful young
mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above.
But first, she'll have to defy her father, the king of the sea, escape the
clutches of an evil sea witch and convince a prince that she's the girl with
the perfect voice," explain press notes.
Led by the award-winning director, Francesca Zambello, some
of the theatre's most innovative artists have collaborated to create The Little Mermaid. The score features the classic songs: "Part of Your World," "Kiss the Girl" and the
Academy Award-winning Best Original Song, "Under the Sea," composed by
eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken and his longtime collaborator, the
late Howard Ashman, as well as 10 new songs by Menken and lyricist Glenn
Slater. The book for the new musical is
by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Doug Wright.
The playing schedule for The
Little Mermaid is as follows: Tuesday Saturday evenings at 8pm, Wednesday
and Saturday matinees at 2pm, and Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets for are $51.50 - $121.50 (includes a
$1.50 facility fee), available through Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4747, online
at www.DisneyOnBroadway.com, or
in-person at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street).
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