Thursday, January 10, 2008

Little Mermaid Finally Lands Opening Night

Little Mermaid Finally Lands Opening Night

Nearly one month after it was originally scheduled to open on Broadway (those plans were jettisoned due to the Broadway stagehands strike), Disney's stage adaptation of The Little Mermaid finally opens this evening at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

Under Francesca Zambello's direction, the tuner features a book by Doug Wright, along with a score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater.

Sierra Boggess lands her first major Broadway lead as Ariel, while Norm Lewis portrays her father King Triton. Sherie René Scott takes on the role of King Triton's sister Ursula, and Tituss Burgess plays Sebastian.

I caught the show last September during its out-of-town Denver tryout. While I gave good marks to the cast, whom I believe did their best with the material they were given, I found that it lacked the requisite Disney magic.

Is it possible that all that has been turned around during its unusually lengthy period of 50 previews? Find out tomorrow as I provide my critics' capsule.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for tickets.
Related Stories:

All Of Great White Way Gleams Tonight (November 29, 2007)
Little Mermaid Opening Delayed (November 20, 2007)
Riding In On A White...Mouse? (November 16, 2007)
The Little Mermaid (The SOB Review) (September 15, 2007)
Is Little Mermaid Major Disney Misstep?(August 31, 2007)
Updated: One Rocky Review For The Little Mermaid; One Favorable Post (August 24, 2007)
A Tale Of Two Tryout Cities (August 23, 2007)
Little Mermaid Begins Tonight (July 26, 2007)
Little Mermaid: No Treading Water Before The Boards (July 21, 2007)
Mermaid Casting Anything But Little (March 20, 2007)
Beauty Out On Broadway (January 17, 2007)
Disney Moves from Continent to Continent (May 22, 2006)

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