Photo Coverage: Part of Sierra Boggess's Broadway World

January 11
10:35 AM 2008

Prior to the curtain coming down last night on Disney's The Little Mermaid, Sierra Boggess invited BroadwayWorld to join her for her Opening Night dress and jewelry fitting. Having a blast trying on her Calvin Klein dresses selected by Orazio Fortunato and Lily Seidler, and stunning jewels by Verdura selected by Jim Haag, Ben Strothmann snapped these photos for our readers.  But don't take our word about all the fun Sierra had - read the captions in her own words below! Congratulations Sierra on your Broadway debut! 

Led by the award-winning director, Francesca Zambello, some of the theatre's most innovative artists have collaborated to create The Little Mermaid.  The score features the classic songs:  "Part of Your World," "Kiss the Girl" and the Academy Award-winning Best Original Song, "Under the Sea," composed by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken and his longtime collaborator, the late Howard Ashman, as well as 10 new songs by Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater.  The book for the new musical is by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Doug Wright.

The playing schedule for The Little Mermaid is as follows: Tuesday – Saturday evenings at 8pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2pm, and Sunday matinees at 3pm.  Tickets for are $51.50 - $121.50 (includes a $1.50 facility

The day begins HERE!! And I couldn't be more excited!

Seriously... are you SURE I can pull these off?!

Orazio, I'm really glad you will help me make this decision!

Just trying to take it all in... well... and suck it all in. :)

EVERY gown should have a train!!!

OK... I'm definitely somewhere beyond my wildest dreams!!!!!

Look! It's an all-purpose dress!! It IS possible to sit!

I feel so glamorous in Calvin Klein!!!!!

Getting my red carpet poses ready!

Oh my gosh, I feel like a real life Disney princess!!!!!!!!

This gorgeous dress brings out the side pony-tail in me!

Checking out another AMAZING option!

I'm so glad my sister is here for all this!!

I can't believe I get to wear this!!!! Somebody pinch me!

Hello Gorgeous!

Jim told me this necklace represents Little Mermaid very well. Sapphires for the ocean and diamonds for royalty. Ariel would be so pleased!

I've got diamonds and sapphires a-plenty!

We give this experience 2 thumbs up!!!!!

No, dearest sister, you may NOT borrow this most amazing vintage bracelet later!

If they can't get this off, can I wear it the rest of my life?! PLEASE?!!

And finally Opening Night arrives!

Photo by Walter McBride / Retna Ltd

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery ( and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See for more info.