When I was in kindergarten, one of the first theatre experiences was at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, N.J. Years and years later, I was thrilled to see the dress rehearsal of the pre-Broadway Newsies the Musical. Starting tomorrow, Paper Mill Playhouse will be Disney-fied again with a new production of The Little Mermaid.
While the show ran on Broadway for less than two years, it never reached the kind of acclaim a musical with the Disney name attached to it would be expected to obtain. I’m glad to see that this new production with reworked script, orchestrations, and structure will be making its first splash at Paper Mill.
Producing Artistic Director Mark Hoebee: “Apparently, the team at Disney felt that the show, while it was successful on Broadway, could be even better. This new and improved show will take to road after its premier run at the Paper Mill, with performances including Pittsburgh and Kansas City.”
Ursula the Sea Witch and King Triton will also have some new songs by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater.
I never had a chance to see the original version of The Little Mermaid on Broadway so it’s nice to have the opportunity to experience it for the first time in our tri-state area. Paper Mill is a great venue!
It’s interesting to see that the unique use of heelys in the original Broadway version of the show seem to have been given the boot. There’s no mention of them in any of the press or in this video from BroadwayWorld.com on how the characters will swim across the stage:
…I’m doubting the use of the heelys even more. It certainly is a re-imagined production, isn’t it?
Hear some of your favorite TLM songs in action + a few of the newer ones from the musical:
For more information about tickets for The Little Mermaid at Paper Mill Playhouse, check out their website. The Little Mermaid will run from May 29 – June 30.
(Picture from BroadwayWorld.com)