In continuation of my partnership with Broadway in Fort Lauderdale for the 2016-2017 season comes Disney’s The Little Mermaid Broadway Musical. I was invited to attend the opening night and was excited to bring the entire family with me to see our favorite Disney story live on stage. The 5th Avenue Theater Production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid is making a splash in South Florida through March 5, 2017 for a limited two-week run. Perfect for a family date night!
Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the Broward Center
If you’ve dreamed about what life was like Under the Sea, slip on your mermaid tail because here is your chance. The current production was re-imagined by Director Glenn Casale in 2012. This included making significant plot changes, introducing aerial elements and featuring a new set design by Bob Crowley that emulates a pop-up book. Casale really made this production one heck of a performance. The aerial elements were top-notch and extremely important to the story line of being “Under the Sea”. The set design was pretty good, but even better during Ursula’s time on stage, and the costumes were eye-catching.
Diana Huey stars as Ariel and makes a splashing performance with an incredible voice. Matthew Kacergis as Prince Eric really stood out in his role, basically he owned it every way. Steven Blanchard as King Triton was powerful, demanding and spot on. I had high expectations for the character of Sebastian played Melvin Abston, which weren’t met. It seemed he forgot he was a crab during the first half and walked like a normal person would have. While the rest of the actors maintained their character roles while “under the sea” and above.
Connor Russell as Flounder flourished in his role. Scuttle played by Jamie Torcellini was incredible – he really provided chuckles and stole the show in my eyes. Last but not least Jennifer Allen as Ursula – incredible, simply incredible. Her talent, her voice, her EVERYTHING. It’s not easy to love a villain, but she made it happen. She owned the stage, the audience – most importantly she owned Ursula. Oh, and I can’t forget her roller skating sidekicks – Flotsam and Jetsam – they were electrifying.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid Broadway Musical
In a magical kingdom fathoms below, we meet Ariel, the little mermaid who is tired of flipping her fins and longs to be part of the fascinating world on dry land. Joining her are Sebastian, Ariel’s crabby sidekick; Ursula, the evil sea witch; Triton, King of the Sea and the handsome and human Prince Eric. Based on the Disney animated film and hit Little Mermaid Broadway musical. Dive on in! Life is the bubbles, under the sea!
This timeless Disney musical is based on the hit animated 1989 Disney film The Little Mermaid, which was loosely based on the Hans Christian Anderson tale. The show follows headstrong Ariel, 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.
Featuring music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, with additional lyrics by Glenn Slater, The Little Mermaid’s score includes such classic songs as “Part of Your World,” “Under the Sea,” “Positoovity” and “Kiss The Girl.”
The parental guidance lists this show as appropriate for ALL AGES. I brought the both girls ages 3 and 5 to the show. The evening show can get tiring for little ones for because of the late hour. My 5-year-old did say once that she was “scared” which happened during the introduction to Ursula, after that she was fine. Disney’s The Little Mermaid runs for 2 hours and 20 minutes, which includes one (1) twenty-minute intermission. Food, snacks and beverages are available for purchase. Food is not permitted inside the theatre for this performance.
Ticket prices start at $35. There are plenty of show times to choose from, including matinee options, with the last performance on March 5, 2017. Disney’s The Little Mermaid Broadway Musical is playing at the The Broward Center for the Performing Arts located at 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Ft Lauderdale, FL, 33312. Tickets are available for purchase here or by calling the Box Office at 954.462.0222. Be sure to visit Broadway Across America for details about upcoming Broadway shows coming to South Florida! Photo Credits: Mark & Tracy Photography
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