Disney’s animated version of The Little Mermaid came out when I was around 11 years old in 1989. I LOVED that movie when I was a kid, which made taking my 10 year old son to see the Broadway version of a classic a full circle moment.
If your point of reference is the movie, you will once again enjoy several popular songs like “Under The Sea” and “Part of Your World” as well as new songs written by Oscar-winning Disney composer Alan Menken, who is also behind productions such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Pocahontas. I was really interested in experiencing Disney’s The Little Mermaid with my son and discovering his favorite parts of the play.
He told me that he really enjoyed the scene with the Chef Louis and Sebastian the crab that included a lot of physical comedy. He also enjoyed the creative costumes and movement of the eels with their scenes with Ursula.
I was really impressed by Diana Huey, who played Ariel, who was in constant movement to create the appearance of being underwater. It’s an incredible feat to create a set and costumes that really make you feel like you are witnessing an underwater world. Her fluid movements, along with the rest of the cast, were even more impressive when they were on the wires floating in the air.
Another one of my favorite scenes was the tap dancing number with Scuttle that was so much fun to watch. Any scene Sebastian the crab always put a smile on my face too. I loved watching the expressions and hearing the little giggles of my son during the show as he reacted to the characters.
Here is more about the plot if you are unfamiliar with the movie.
Headstrong Ariel is no longer content to live on the ocean floor under her father, King Triton’s rule. Convinced she’ll only find happiness on land, she sets off to find a world where she belongs, battling a cruel sea witch and finding true love along the way. Based on the Disney animated film and hit Broadway musical, The Little Mermaid is making its Cincinnati debut.
Don’t miss your chance to share this underwater adventure with someone you love!
Disney’s The Little Mermaid will play the Aronoff Center
January 17 – 29, 2017
Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30PM
Friday at 8:00PM
Saturday at 2:00PM and 8:00PM
Sunday at 1:00PM and 6:30PM
Tickets for The Little Mermaid start at $30.
They are available at the Aronoff Center Box Office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, online at CincinnatiArts.org or by phone at 513.621.ARTS.
*Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.
For more information, please visit www.BroadwayInCincinnati.com.
*Performance images provided by Broadway Across America.
Disclosure: I received tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.