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Topic: NEW production of Little Mermaid in the works

Sat 5/5/2012 11:59a
According to this thread on, a new company is re-staging little mermaid.

There are some photos embedded in the posts and more photos here:

I can picture this in DCA
Sat 5/5/2012 3:11p
I think that this production of The Little Mermaid is going to premiere in Sacramento, CA at this summer's Music Circus. Here a link to an article talking about this Sacramento production of TLM that's being directed by the guy mentioned in your link, Glenn Casale. Scroll to the bottom of the story to read about the upcoming TLM the Musical.

>> The Music Circus production of "The Little Mermaid" is a coup for Sacramento, as this will be the only city in the country outside New York to have a production. Casale, who is a go-to director for Disney Theatrical Productions, staging "Beauty and the Beast" throughout Europe, was asked to look at "The Little Mermaid" last year. He thought the show had positive elements but could also be improved.

"What they did was fine and we talked about it openly," Casale said. "I didn't go in saying it was bad because it wasn't, but it was somebody else's interpretation."

Casale pitched different visuals and some altering of the story. Disney liked his ideas and put him in a room with the show's creative team (book writer Doug Wright, songwriters Glenn Slater and Alan Menken). They've revamped the show.

Some of the new production can't be done at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, so what does go onstage here will be original to Sacramento.

"We're going to try to make our own piece for here with some new music, new book and Alan's new song, which has never been done before," Casale said.

Other season shows consistently rate atop Music Circus' patron surveys.

"You know the theme, you know what it's about and you want to share it with somebody," Casale reasoned.

Casale has directed all these shows before, but said he starts over every time.

"I throw my script out whenever I do it and start again," he said. "It's going to have new people, a new environment, so it's always going to be fresh with me because I don't want to do what I did before."<<

Sat 5/5/2012 9:10p
Fabulous information! Thank you. We saw the little mermaid on broadway and thought it was ok. I am excited to see this version if the tour comes near us here in Connecticut.

Gone are the roller skates for the actors and the expensive Italian glass design for the set. The staging - as in Tarzan - was very flat. There were some stunning visuals in Mermaid. For example, the opening with prince Eric's boat. Also, the original Ursula was worth the price of admission.

I hope some here on LP has a chance to see the new re-imagined version and will offer their thoughts.
Sun 5/6/2012 12:55p
Dennis, you're in luck!. Apparently, there ARE some LPers that may be going to this production, based on this earlier thread about the show.

Hopefully, the show will be successful and TLM will swim her way towards your area as well. That would be awesome!
Sat 5/19/2012 5:53a
I'm going July 14 to see it in Sacramento!
I saw the premier in Denver in 2007.
I loved it. Little Mermaid is my favorite disney movie.
It will be interesting to see how they do it at Music Circus.
Mon 7/16/2012 5:34a
Here's an official promo video of Disney's Little Mermaid production now playing in Sacramento.!

It really works as a theater-in-the-round production, especially the underwater scenes and Kiss the Girl (which the round stage looks like a real pond during the song). With the kelp forest hanging above you and the stage, fog floating off of the stage into the audience, sea creatures dancing in the aisles and an intimate stage in the middle, you actually feel like you're underwater with the characters. Disney should consider keeping the show in-the-round, and have the show tour as a tent production like the recent ThreeSixty's Peter Pan and Cirque du Soleil. Keeping the Music Circus show sets and adding ThreeSixty's Peter Pan projection screens would be amazing in totally immersing theater guests into Ariel's world. And, they should keep Vicky Lewis as Ursula, and the actors who played Eric and King Triton (keeping Triton's new costume design as well).
Mon 7/16/2012 5:57a
BTW, they need to re-design Ariel's costume so she looks more like a mermaid. The high school prom dress didn't really do it for me. But, everything else was great.
Mon 7/16/2012 4:37p
I just saw this Saturday. I liked it but I thought the premier we saw in Denver with Sierra Boggess was much better. I realize they had to change it to fit music circus but I think they should have left it how it was and had it at the bigger theater in Sacramento.
I agree with xrayvision. I didn't like Ariel's new costume. I loved the original costume and the heelies.
I did think the cast was good. Vicki Lewis wow what a voice!
Jessica Grove was good but I thought Sierra Boggess was awesome! She had Ariel's mannerisums down!
Sun 7/22/2012 4:58p
its a very cool reimagining and love that its in the round!
Wed 6/19/2013 11:09p
Dennis, there's a new East Coast production of "The Little Mermaid the Musical" in New Jersey at the Paper Mill Playhouse, through June 30th. Actually, I think this is a much upgraded, traditional staged version of the same production that played in-the-round in Northern California last summer because the actors in the roles of Ariel, Sabastian and Flounder and several costumes seem to be exactly the same in both productions, per the videos. This production will be headed next to Kansas City Starlight Theater.

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