Photo Flash: Heidi Blickenstaff is 'Ursula' in THE LITTLE MERMAID

Broadway favorite and [title of show] star Heidi Blickenstaff is 'Ursula' in the Disney musical THE LITTLE MERMAID on Broadway. The talented and 'very sweet' Blickenstaff assumed the 'very sassy and sinister' role on January 27, 2009.

Blickenstaff was cast as the understudy for the role during the early days of THE LITTLE MERMAID, but left the show when it was announced [title of show] would be moving to Broadway.

Her many credits include Broadway's [title of show] and The Full Monty (Susan Hershey, u/s Vicki Nichols). Aslo Off-Broadway's [title of show] (Heidi) at the Vineyard. Tours: The Full Monty (Vicki Nichols), Jekyll & Hyde, Steel Pier, The Who's Tommy (u/s Mrs. Walker) and Dreamgirls.

Most recently, Heidi was honored with the Helen Hayes Award for her work as Ann Mitchell in Meet John Doe at Ford's Theatre. Also, The Girl in the Frame (Laney) at Goodspeed at Chester; Bat Boy: The Musical (Meredith Parker) at Theatreworks in Palo Alto (BayArea premiere); and Prairie (Caroline Ingalls), directed by Francesca Zambello at New York Stage and Film (world premiere). On screen she was seen in The Rebound (2009) with Catherine Zeta-Jones. Heidi is also part of the voiceover cast for the PBS kids series, "Word World." She is a graduate of Duke University.

THE LITTLE MERMAID takes place in a magical kingdom beneath the sea, where a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, the king of the sea, escape the clutches of an evil sea witch and convince a prince that she's the girl with the perfect voice.

Led by the award-winning director, Francesca Zambello, some of the theatre's most innovative artists have collaborated to createTHE 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 Mr. Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater. The book for the new musical is by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning playwright Doug Wright.

THE LITTLE MERMAID tickets range in price from $51.50-$121.50 (all prices include a $1.50 facility fee).

Tickets are available at DisneyOnBroadway.com, the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street), Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling Ticketmaster's Disney on Broadway hotline at 866-870-2717.

For group sales and information, please call 800-439-9000.

Photo by Jenny Anderson

Photo Flash: Heidi Blickenstaff is 'Ursula' in THE LITTLE MERMAID
Heidi Blickenstaff as 'URSULA' in THE LITTLE MERMAID with Eric LaJuan Summers as 'Jetsam' and Tyler Maynard as 'Flotsam'

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