The Little Mermaid in The Netherlands

EricMontreal22
Broadway Legend
joined:10/31/11
"Is it wrong of me to of loved the Broadway production?"

Yes, it is--very wrong. It's always wrong to have an opinion that most don't agree with, especially when I don't personally agree.
FANtomFollies
Featured Actor
joined:4/5/12
to me this production looks far more like a theme-park show than the broadway production ever did.
degrassifan
Broadway Legend
joined:1/23/08
I guess TLM will never win.
TheatreKid3
Broadway Star
joined:3/25/12
My sentiments exactly. Maybe after seeing some of this, people will realize just how artistic the original concept was. I will admit the Broadway production was flawed in some areas, but it was a lot better than people give it credit before. The mermaid and ursula costumes were by far superior. Those costumes in particular are kind of a huge letdown compared to Crowley's usual work.
FANtomFollies
Featured Actor
joined:4/5/12
did bob crowley do both the sets and costumes for this new production?? His designs for Aida were brilliant, imo.
ILOHTFAHA (Aida Man)
Leading Actor
joined:7/20/09
I loved the sets for the B'way production but I love the costumes for this Dutch production the heeleys for the B'way production were not so great and its' costumes were hit and miss. Hopefully this will tour across the US so I'll see the new elements and the two new songs written for this.
ILOHTFAHA (Aida Man)
Leading Actor
joined:7/20/09
I loved the sets for the B'way production but I love the costumes for this Dutch production the heeleys for the B'way production were not so great and its' costumes were hit and miss. Hopefully this will tour across the US so I'll see the new elements and the two new songs written for this.
ClumsyDude15
Broadway Legend
joined:12/11/06
I liked some elements of the Broadway set design, but some of it was just hideous - the odd looking thing during "Under the Sea" that I jokingly refer to as a moving water penis was so completely ridiculous, but other elements of the design were nice. I'd like to see this production brought over for the Papermill production or done in a similar manner, because I did really enjoy the show overall, but the design was pretty.. out there.

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TheatreKid3
Broadway Star
joined:3/25/12
The columns were a big mistake, as well as the transforming/flipping sun in the back. The problem was the set for certain moments was too simplistic. The boat was wonderful, and the moving water was beautiful.

Costumes were mostly good with a few exceptions: Flounder was just essentially a t-shirt and swimming trunks (that still baffles me), and the Eels and Sebastian's were good, but could have been a little bit better. I, personally, loved the heely effect. From what I've seen of the flying in this production so far, it looks 1000x better. I mean, she looks vertical the whole time! And what the heck is that fabric attached to her arms?
Skywalker3
Stand-by
joined:5/4/08
The first pictures are in!
For some reason, when Ariel is underwater, her hair stands up.. It looks just to stupid..







NewYorkYankee2006
Stand-by
joined:4/30/06
the sets and costumes look gorgeous, but tessa looks like a troll with that wig on. it looks rediculous. why didnt they just keep her hair down? the natural flow would have worked the same way and would have looked much better.
FANtomFollies
Featured Actor
joined:4/5/12
imo, these wigs and costumes don't hold a candle to the broadway versions. Her mermaid costume just looks like a long dress, there is no special detail in any of the costumes, and Ursula's wig is just sad compared to Sherie's. I think this production is missing the whole 'fairy-tale/fantasy' element that i loved about the broadway production.

Also, some of you might enjoy seeing this:

http://georgetsypin.com/muscials/muscials/lm.html
bdn223
Broadway Star
joined:6/14/08
@FantomFollies
I completely agree with you the costumes for the leads look...well atrocious..wtf is up with her hair, i know science states it would not be down, when its underwater..but science also says magic and mermaids do not exist...also her hair is WAY TOO ORANGE...i know in Broadway's wig color is not natural in the slightest but the one she is wearing just looks cheap..and don't get me started on Ursala's Wig/Costume, which were the best part of the Broadway production because they were so inventive, since they made Uruala (sherri) who is about the same size as Sierra, look bigger more menacing, without having to put her in some giant contraption..Ariel's Tail is another WTF moment, i could understand the wire work if it actually looked like a tail, but it looks like a giant blue wedding dress... initially i thought this production could of been Mermaid's saving grace, but now that I see it put together it looks 1000x worse than the broadway production, which had an element of whimsy...this one seems to literaly

Though i will admit the ensemble costumes look 1000x better than the broadway ones

Honestly if they took the leads costumes from the broadway production, and the ensembles costumes from this one...and then combined the two sets it should look amazing
Wildcard
Broadway Legend
joined:6/21/06

Nice bong collection, FANtomFollies

Also, the wig was no doubt influenced by Ariel as seen in this image

Mister Matt
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
The cone hair looks ridiculous, but everything else seems to be a massive improvement. I'm curious to know how the shipwreck is pulled off.
"What can you expect from a bunch of seitan worshippers?" - Reginald Tresilian
deltatee
Swing
joined:3/13/07
From these pictures, I actually like the long dress instead the weird butt-tails they used on Broadway. I thought the set was awesome but the costumes were certainly lacking.
TheatreDiva90016
Broadway Legend
joined:4/10/04
That image of Ariel is soon to be history. They are making changes to the ride, and that figure is one of them.

Buh-Bye 'Ice Cream Swirl Hair'!
"TheatreDiva90016 - another good reason to frequent these boards less."<<>> I hesitate to give this line of discussion the validation it so desperately craves by perpetuating it, but the light from logic is getting further and further away with your every successive post. <<>> -whatever2
FANtomFollies
Featured Actor
joined:4/5/12
bdn223- totally agree with you. if you took the best elements of both productions, you'd have the perfect 'mermaid'

wildcard - thanks:) i'll smoke you up anytime.
TheatreKid3
Broadway Star
joined:3/25/12
That pic is from the new MERMAID attraction at the Disney Parks, and everyone hates the vertical hair in it (which, as another poster pointed out, it being axed). Ariel's vertical hair in this production just might be the worst decision I've seen made in a character's costuming in all my years involved with professional theatre. Her hair would only be up if she were descending into the water or floating down. There are still some physics involved. Even if they wanted to portray her hair up, no way would it look like a cone! Like others have said, she looks like a troll doll! The normal wig would have been fine.

I'm not even going to comment on the mermaid costume.

Updated On: 5/7/12 at 03:20 PM
NewYorkYankee2006
Stand-by
joined:4/30/06
well they are still in previews at the moment. the first preview was on saturday and the opening night is some time in june. we can only hope they make improvements by the time it opens.
finebydesign
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
I guess this replaces the terrible "I want the Good Times Back" , it sounds like the song that it replaced.
New Ursula song "Daddy's Little Girl"
finebydesign
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
finebydesign
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
NewYorkYankee2006
Stand-by
joined:4/30/06
are there anymore audios of the little mermaid in the netherlands? i like this song. it's catchy. lol!
TheatreKid3
Broadway Star
joined:3/25/12
I HATE that flying. It looks terrible and I feel like I am at a Disney theme park. She doesn't swim upright all the time. It is not realistic or artistic at all, in my opinion. Essentially, the actress is turned into a puppet on a string, which was one concept Disney originally wished to avoid with this production.

If heelys hadn't been such a commercial item in the U.S., I think everyone would have been raving about how innovative it was.

They might not have been the best solution, but it sure looked better than this upright flying. If they are going to fly, they need to design some type of system that allows her to be horizontally swimming at some moments, or work it into the costume some way (and that dress/fabric does not do it).
Updated On: 5/8/12 at 03:24 PM
degrassifan
Broadway Legend
joined:1/23/08
TheatreKid3, I honestly think you're just a big fan of the Broadway production that you will automatically dislike anything that's not exactly like it. I mean it's fine, we all have our opinions, but at least try to have an open mind.

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