The Little Mermaid national tour?

JohnyBroadway
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The Little Mermaid national tour?
Posted: 1/16/14 at 03:10pm
Broadway in Atlanta just announced their new 14/15 season and The Little Mermaid is listed as their season opener. Does anyone know if this is a major Disney helmed equity national tour or another short regional tour? Or perhaps it will be non-equity. I thought a Mermaid national tour was dead, but it look like it's right on track.
DWalk
Understudy
joined:8/18/05
The Little Mermaid national tour?
Posted: 1/16/14 at 03:25pm
When Dallas announced their season last year they indicated that it was a short, regional tour.
pittsburghgal89
Swing
joined:1/15/14
The Little Mermaid national tour?
Posted: 1/16/14 at 05:58pm
Does anyone know how many more cities that the Little Mermaid is touring?
DWalk
Understudy
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The Little Mermaid national tour?
Posted: 1/16/14 at 11:00pm
I can't find anything other than an article issued at the time of the Dallas season announcement. It indicated that this production would tour five cities. I believe, although I'm not 100% on this, that four of the cities are Dallas, Houston, Raleigh, and Oklahoma City. I'm not sure about the other one.
Tag
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joined:11/19/05
The Little Mermaid national tour?
Posted: 1/16/14 at 11:47pm
Is this the Papermill production from last June? I remember hearing something about different theatres sharing the production costs by using the same physical production, but their own casts.
JohnyBroadway
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The Little Mermaid national tour?
Posted: 1/17/14 at 12:02am
That's what I wasn't sure of. If this was part of the regional tour or a brand new separate production.
mikeyb16
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The Little Mermaid national tour?
Posted: 1/18/14 at 05:15pm
I remember reading a Glenn Slater interview a while back. He said he hopes the reworked version by Stage Entertainment will tour the US after touring Europe.

It recently finished its run in the Netherlands and is currently playing in Japan and Russia, with another production opening in Argentina this year.
bwayphreak234
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The Little Mermaid national tour?
Posted: 1/18/14 at 05:39pm
They need to reinstate Vanessa.
"Heck anyone with a ticket stub is qualified to have an opinion." - Dramamama
mikeyb16
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The Little Mermaid national tour?
Posted: 1/18/14 at 05:41pm
Carlotta is also omitted in the Stage Entertainment version. Her lines in "Beyond My Wildest Dreams" are sung by Grimsby.
Hex3
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The Little Mermaid national tour?
Posted: 1/18/14 at 11:38pm
Is the Stage Entertainment version the one that played at Paper Mill?
Visceral_Fella
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The Little Mermaid national tour?
Posted: 1/19/14 at 03:17am
"They need to reinstate Vanessa."

^This.
Hex3
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The Little Mermaid national tour?
Posted: 1/19/14 at 06:48am
Double that^

The ending as it is now, is just plain lazy.
Fan123
Understudy
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The Little Mermaid national tour?
Posted: 1/19/14 at 08:53am
Speaking of the current ending... According to Wikipedia, Ariel participates in the 'singing' contest by performing a dance, and Eric chooses her as the winner. Can anybody advise what music is used for Ariel's dance, presumably a recognisable reprise/medley from earlier in the show? That number isn't on the cast recording, which is my only experience of this show (along with the movie).
I actually like the idea of that part of the stage show ending. Not sure precisely how it plays out on stage though.
I'm not sure about having Vanessa in the stage version. Would the actress playing Ariel double as Vanessa, to ensure that the voice was identical? That might be difficult to pull off without unduly distracting the audience and/or altering the tone of the show.
Hex3
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The Little Mermaid national tour?
Posted: 1/19/14 at 10:11am
Well remember that in the film the only time you hear Vanessa speak is her is during the attack at the wedding. Before that there is only her short song and the "Aaahs" when she first appears. It would take nothing more than clever dubbing.

As for the dance, it takes all of three seconds and is the same melody as "One Step Closer".
JohnyBroadway
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The Little Mermaid national tour?
Posted: 1/19/14 at 10:25am
Yes, but Jodi Benson did provide Vanessa's singing voice.
bwayphreak234
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The Little Mermaid national tour?
Posted: 1/19/14 at 11:03am
The only thing Vanessa sings are the "Ahas ahas"... Dub it and they're good to go. Plus Disney cheated the audience on some magic transformations by cutting her. Lazy.
"Heck anyone with a ticket stub is qualified to have an opinion." - Dramamama
Hex3
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The Little Mermaid national tour?
Posted: 1/19/14 at 12:07pm
It wasn't really Disney but the director that did the cheating. Disney just let it happen.
bdn223
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The Little Mermaid national tour?
Posted: 1/19/14 at 01:44pm
I have said it once and I will say it again, the reason there is no reason to reinstate Vanessa into the stage production, "The Contest" works just fine. The problem lies in the anticlimactic demise of Ursula.
AKA Ariel says "OOOH what's that?"
Ursula responds, "No don't touch that it's my magic shell!!"
Ariel: "My father says you would loose your powers if its broken"
Ursula: "Don't Touch it!"
Ariel breaks the shell the end...
Their needs to be some actual obstacles between Ariel and the shell, whether it's air cannons, lightning, or whatever to give some actual action to the climax. The show needed special effects and instead relied on classic theater tricks of cast doubling and what you don't see...
The Little Mermaid has one of most beautiful scores of all time. I would honestly pay top dollar for simply a concert production with the original cast.
Hex3
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The Little Mermaid national tour?
Posted: 1/19/14 at 02:10pm
I completely agree about the score. I think one of my favorite reviews of the original broadway production said something along the lines of "It's a fantastic show if you close your eyes". But I believe that the laziness of the finale starts off with replacing Vanessa with the contest and goes thru to Ursula's simple and unimaginative demise. It's lazy story telling plain and simple. This Francesca woman clearly got in over her head and instead of working hard to give the show the climax and finale it deserved, we got this wet fart of an ending. And here's the really sad part: I knew someone in the cast, and he said that everyone involved knew that the shown was crap. So it seems like it was all just given up on.
JohnyBroadway
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The Little Mermaid national tour?
Posted: 1/19/14 at 02:12pm
I think you may be forgetting Vanessas short evil scheme. It would've probably been cut, but it's in there.
darreyl102
Broadway Star
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The Little Mermaid national tour?
Posted: 1/19/14 at 06:01pm
Yes, the scene were she is in her cabin on the ship and singing and looks in the mirror at her Ursula reflection, which scuttle sees.
jacobsnchz14
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The Little Mermaid national tour?
Posted: 1/19/14 at 06:35pm
The book and score in this production will be the same as what is being licensed by MTI, who will hold the rights and currently has a page for the show. On the page, there is an updated plot synopsis, list of changes from the Broadway version to this licensed version, and information about the different professional productions it has had since its out-of-town tryout. The dates and cities on the "Upcoming Productions" page are those that will be on this upcoming tour.

http://www.mtishows.com/show_detail.asp?showid=000389
disneybroadwayfan22
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The Little Mermaid national tour?
Posted: 1/19/14 at 06:54pm
^^In related news, the license for THE LION KING is also FINALLY coming out. But, only for the Broadway Jr./Kids series though. :/ I give the full show another 1-2 years, like TLM

http://playbill.com/news/article/186640-Disney-Will-Release-Adaptation-of-The-Lion-King-for-Production-in-Schools?tsrc=hph
jacobsnchz14
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The Little Mermaid national tour?
Posted: 1/19/14 at 07:02pm
Probably not... the difference being Mermaid has closed on Broadway when Lion King is still running, and quite successfully.
disneybroadwayfan22
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The Little Mermaid national tour?
Posted: 1/19/14 at 07:08pm
^^True, but Phantom is still on Broadway and the license just came out under R&H :)
AEA AGMA SM
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The Little Mermaid national tour?
Posted: 1/19/14 at 07:20pm
And unless there has been a very recent change Phantom of the Opera is still restricted to high schools and colleges. No professional or even community theatre productions are being licensed at this time, and probably won't be for quite some time still.
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