LITTLE MERMAID Dallas Cast

jacobsnchz14
Broadway Legend
joined:12/13/06
LITTLE MERMAID Dallas Cast
Posted: 2/12/14 at 05:44pm

BewareTheUndertoad
Chorus Member
joined:4/26/13
LITTLE MERMAID Dallas Cast
Posted: 2/13/14 at 12:06pm
Thank you for such an informative post.
darreyl102
Broadway Legend
joined:8/23/08
LITTLE MERMAID Dallas Cast
Posted: 2/13/14 at 03:17pm
I Can't read the cast sign in sheet- is it possible to see a bigger version?
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LizzieCurry
Broadway Legend
joined:3/7/05
LITTLE MERMAID Dallas Cast
Posted: 2/13/14 at 03:20pm
Chelsea Morgan Stock, Steve Blanchard, Liz McCartney, Eric Kunze.

If you right-click the image and open it into another tab, it's much bigger.
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Deiff2
Swing
joined:9/11/13
LITTLE MERMAID Dallas Cast
Posted: 2/13/14 at 04:01pm
I see they made some changes, they cut The World Above and its reprise... now we have If Only (Triton's Lament) and If Only (Ariel's Lament) instead! sounds interesting!
Visceral_Fella
Broadway Star
joined:1/18/12
LITTLE MERMAID Dallas Cast
Posted: 2/14/14 at 12:57am
I hate these changes. I love The World Above, it's one of my favorite songs. I also love I want the Good Times Back. The second act is what needs the most work. Stop avoiding the real issue by fixing other things, put Vanessa back in the show and the film's ending. No other change will salvage this show, ever. All the theaters that have tried to retool this show can't be stupid enough not to realize that.
broadwayguy2
Broadway Legend
joined:5/18/03
LITTLE MERMAID Dallas Cast
Posted: 2/14/14 at 01:13am
No, they're not, but they are given a text and they do what they can with it. They can request permission to cut lines or songs, but wholesale restructuring and rewrites is not within their power if Disney is settled on the form of this show. They can't just do it. The rights holders have to consent.
The maid drive in Vanessa's character is using Ariel's own voice against her. Until that can be effectively managed, there is zero point in the. Anessa plotline outside of the film. It is a firm catch -22.
Hex3
Stand-by
joined:11/7/08
LITTLE MERMAID Dallas Cast
Posted: 2/14/14 at 01:42am
In the film, Vanessa rarely ever speaks. She just has the short song which could definitely be expanded for the stage and lip synced to the voice of the actress playing Ariel. Just think of the possibly amazing staging that could have been done with with Vanessa and Ursula's reflection.
broadwayguy2
Broadway Legend
joined:5/18/03
LITTLE MERMAID Dallas Cast
Posted: 2/14/14 at 02:01am
Just think of the headache every bitchy queen on this website and their senior counterparts at All That Chat would give us all, not to mention the officials at AEA at the idea of making an actress on a Broadway stage lipsync almost an entire a t AND to the voice of another actress AND the ridiculous feedback and crazinesss should such a lengthy sequence fail in performance, grinding an entire act to a hailt.
beautywickedlover
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/07
LITTLE MERMAID Dallas Cast
Posted: 2/14/14 at 08:29pm
The rest of the cast can be found in this link:

http://dallassummermusicals.org/shows_littlemermaid.shtm

I unfortunately going to see this mess of musical next Saturday. My closest friend really wanted to go and she did not have a whole lot of money to buy the tickets. I'm really not that all excited about it for many reasons. It lacks the heart that the movie had; the "Beyond My Wildest Dreams" scene has maids dressed up like chickens; and it replaced a wonderful musical on Broadway that I loved, 'Beauty and the Beast'. The only good that came out this show was that it was the big breakthrough for the wonderfully talented, Sierra Boggess.

I'm a fan of Steve Blanchard, so it'll be great to see him play King Triton. I saw Alan Mingo Jr. as Donkey in the national tour of 'Shrek the Musical' and he was very funny. I'm not really ecstatic about seeing Chelsea Morgan Stock as Ariel. When she performed "Part of Your World" at a bookstore and Broadway in Bryant Park, she pronounced her vowels wrong. She sung "barn" instead of "burn" and "tarn" instead of "turn".
Hex3
Stand-by
joined:11/7/08
LITTLE MERMAID Dallas Cast
Posted: 2/14/14 at 08:49pm
The lip synching would be a necessary part of the staging to tell the story. If you and all the people over at all that chat (who I could care less about since I never post there) will get your panties in a bunch over it, then you could just easily find an actress to play (again the tiny role of) Vanessa who can sound close enough to the actress playing Ariel. Either of those two choices would be a HELL of a lot better than the lazy, uncreative, and frankly amateurish schlock that was written in it's place.
darreyl102
Broadway Legend
joined:8/23/08
LITTLE MERMAID Dallas Cast
Posted: 2/14/14 at 10:28pm
According to Wiki, Eric Kunze who plays Eric is 42/43- isn’t that a little old to be playing a young prince. I mean, no offense, and I know MANY actors play younger on stage, but still….
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beautywickedlover
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/07
LITTLE MERMAID Dallas Cast
Posted: 2/14/14 at 11:10pm
Here is Glenn Casale talking about the changes made to the musical. The more I read about it, the better it sounds.


Disney’s new ‘Little Mermaid’ should get on swimmingly in Dallas
darreyl102
Broadway Legend
joined:8/23/08
LITTLE MERMAID Dallas Cast
Posted: 2/14/14 at 11:20pm
Especially when one considers how young Ariel is supposed to be.
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Hex3
Stand-by
joined:11/7/08
LITTLE MERMAID Dallas Cast
Posted: 2/15/14 at 05:57am
It sounds like they fixed everything except for the real problem. Pity.
Jeffrey Karasarides
Featured Actor
joined:11/27/11
LITTLE MERMAID Dallas Cast
Posted: 2/15/14 at 11:08am
Can you please explain the problems with The Little Mermaid in detail? Because I personally liked the stage adaptation, and I'm curious to hear what all the problems that people had with it were.
Deiff2
Swing
joined:9/11/13
LITTLE MERMAID Dallas Cast
Posted: 2/15/14 at 02:29pm
Look at this (from Tuacahn) the show OPENS with The World Above! and they added deleted words for Eric in Fathoms Below! But please, Vanessa should be in the show!

http://downloads.tuacahn.org/mermaid.php
Updated On: 2/15/14 at 02:29 PM
finebydesign
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
LITTLE MERMAID Dallas Cast
Posted: 2/15/14 at 07:21pm
LOL Deiff2 I can't believe that is posted online.

This show can't be "fixed." The film wasn't mean't for the stage and the musical version of it was fairly painful to watch. Disney has some interesting properties that might make good stage adaptions but it didn't work here. Even if Vanessa was in it. Vanessa is a very good plot device in the movie but that's it. Her screen time and romance with Eric is seconds if I recall. She has one song which is used to remind the kids she's Ursula.

"not to mention the officials at AEA at the idea of making an actress on a Broadway stage lipsync almost an entire a t AND to the voice of another actress AND the ridiculous feedback and crazinesss should such a lengthy sequence fail in performance, grinding an entire act to a hailt."

I'm certain there are several fantastic theatrical tricks that could be employed here. Firstly, Vanessa only needs her "singing voice" which can be done off-stage by Ariel*. There have to be instances where doubles stood in while a performer worked off-stage. For some reason I'm thinking Shrek but I might be mistaken.

When Sherie Renee Scott was cast, I assumed they were going to have her play Vanessa..

Anyway the show is pretty much crap and brutal to watch regionally, it's a hit in Russia though I believe.


*or she can just repeat the same Part of Your World melody Ariel uses. For some odd reason all those girls in the "The Contest" know all know Ariel's song.
Updated On: 2/15/14 at 07:21 PM
darreyl102
Broadway Legend
joined:8/23/08
LITTLE MERMAID Dallas Cast
Posted: 2/15/14 at 07:59pm
"For some odd reason all those girls in the "The Contest" know all know Ariel's song. "
What do you mean? They know the tune, but each of their lines are different.
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finebydesign
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
LITTLE MERMAID Dallas Cast
Posted: 2/15/14 at 09:13pm
Sorry that's what I mean they know that tune and that's the one Ariel sang to Eric. It's kinda terrible she doesn't own it.
beautywickedlover
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/07
LITTLE MERMAID Dallas Cast
Posted: 2/23/14 at 05:50pm
I saw this last night. It was not as bad as I thought it was going to be. It's far from from perfect, but it's a good night out.

SPOILERS:













* Unlike 'The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning', Ursula was responsible for the death of King Triton's wife.

* The new song that replaces "I Want the Good Times Back", "Daddy's Little Angel" reveals that Ursula had many sisters and one little brother.

* Flounder secretly has feelings for Ariel, which was weird. He must be around her age.

* Grimsby serves as the Carlotta figure to Ariel.



Updated On: 2/23/14 at 05:50 PM
DWalk
Understudy
joined:8/18/05
LITTLE MERMAID Dallas Cast
Posted: 2/23/14 at 07:27pm
I saw this last night, as well. I hadn't seen it on stage before and have only seen the movie once years ago.

Not surprisingly, this show was aimed squarely at the children. However, family shows usually try to include something to keep the adults interested as well, but this wasn't evident to me last night. It really came across to me as noisy and flashy.

As I don't have kids I had the luxury of leaving at intermission. I hit the men's room at intermission before leaving the theater and it was almost hysterical listening to all the father's there wishing the could leave as well.

The kids seemed to be enjoying it but as I left several were complaining that it was too long. I'm glad others seemed to enjoy it but it wasn't for me.
beautywickedlover
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/07
LITTLE MERMAID Dallas Cast
Posted: 2/23/14 at 08:17pm
It sill annoyed me how the maids in Prince Eric's castle looked like half-people/half-chicken. The "feathers" were not as big as the Broadway ones and it get that they gossip during "Beyond My Wildest Dreams", but I still don't like it. Scuttle and Flounder's costumes were improvements from the Broadway show, but at times Scuttle's hair and make-up made him strangely look like Beetlejuice. Ariel also interestingly wears the same pink dress from her first night as a human when she dances at the contest for Prince Eric.


Updated On: 2/23/14 at 08:17 PM
PattyO'Furniture
Stand-by
joined:8/12/04
LITTLE MERMAID Dallas Cast
Posted: 2/23/14 at 09:14pm
"...Scuttle's hair and make-up made him strangely look like Beetlejuice."

beautywickedlover - You win for the day!
darreyl102
Broadway Legend
joined:8/23/08
LITTLE MERMAID Dallas Cast
Posted: 2/24/14 at 04:21am
The maids are a group of Clacking hens- Almost literally. This is of course a term for a group of women who gossip a lot, which fits for the Maids.
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jacobsnchz14
Broadway Legend
joined:12/13/06
LITTLE MERMAID Dallas Cast
Posted: 2/24/14 at 10:54am
I saw it during previews and it was a vast improvement from the Broadway and Denver versions. I'll talk about it out of order, but most people know the overall story anyway. I think the flying/swimming effect worked beautifully, which was one of the more significant changes.

Although I love "I Want The Good Times Back" as a song, I never liked it in its context as Ursula's introduction. "Daddy's Little Angel" really provided a back story so we were able to understand why she plots this scheme that sets the course of the show in the first place. I really wish this was recorded in English in some form (I know there are recordings in other languages), because this was one of the songs in my head leaving the theatre.

Flounder is now a teenager in this version and seems to have a crush on Ariel, although not many audience members were able to really understand that because his lines to/about Ariel were one-liners. For example, he has one or two lines at the beginning of the "Part Of Your World" scene and exits. And Flounder now rides a yellow Rip-Stick (my brother has one) and kind of "flounders" out of scenes. The children's keys for Flounder in "She's In Love" stayed the same and the actor playing Flounder kind of seemed struggled to reach those notes. Context-wise, during "She's In Love", Flounder is upset at the idea/discovery that Ariel is in love.

The ship wreck seemed weaker than the other versions because the ship never really "wrecked"; everyone on the ship was moving around unsteadily and Prince Eric just got knocked off the ship, which continued to sail off without him, if I remember correctly. For the rescuing Eric scene and Ariel's transformation after "Poor Unfortunate Souls", the same basic concept was used from the other versions.

"Poor Unfortunate Souls", although brilliantly performed, always lacks the same haunting quality that the film has just because of Ursula being able to swoop in from ever corner, the magic spells, etc.

"Under The Sea", I know, is like a big Mardi Gras-esque party and I could not identify any undersea creatures that the ensemble were dressed as; same with the original version. Alan Mingo, Jr. sang it well and the choreography was great, but I was expecting to see - well - fish.

And the ending... this is where it seemed to fall flat and everyone around me was, like, "what?" SPOILER.... Ariel grabs Ursula's magic shell and threatens to destroy it to kill Ursula... In my mind, why would Ariel hesitate to destroy the shell? Just do it. And "The Contest" works better in this version, but it should be just done away with and rewritten altogether. Somehow, for reasons we are not given, Ursula arrives at the contest and Flotsam and Jetsam swoop in and take Ariel underwater. There seems to be no climactic ending to the show, like the movie.

And I say that again thinking, yeah, you can't just make a direct adaptation. But don't lose the qualities that the film had. There are ways to bringing this to life onstage. It's not going to be easy or cheap, but it can happen. Just like "The Lion King." And that's what has me nervous about "Aladdin"... I know they're going with the film's original concept and ridding/changing some things from the final film (Farewell, Abu!) but I hope they don't lose the adventurous, epic, and magical qualities that the film has.

It seemed like they rushed TLM to get to Broadway without big creative changes in a lot of aspects from Denver. Not every show is ready for Broadway straight from one out-of-town tryout. At least with "Aladdin", they had two or three tryouts where they could take time to work on things and get it ready for Broadway and then they still have previews at the New Amsterdam to do the same. It probably wasn't cheap, but they could have a better show that way.

Anyway, with TLM it was a great improvement and could still use work and I wish that could be looked at before it gets licensed. But not everyone would be able to afford doing a big climactic demise of Ursula if it were to be implemented, but hey. I really did enjoy it, it was a great night of theatre and the kiddos loved it. They should be settled down a bit, but it was exciting to see them experience live theatre.

Song List:

ACT ONE
Overture -- Orchestra
The World Above -- Ariel
Fathoms Below -- Pilot, Sailors, Prince Eric, and Grimsby
Daughter of Triton -- Mersisters
If Only (Triton's Lament) -- King Triton
Daddy's Little Angel -- Ursula, Flotsam, and Jetsam
Part of Your World -- Ariel
The Storm -- Sailors
Part of Your World (Reprise) -- Ariel
She's In Love -- Mersisters and Flounder
Her Voice -- Prince Eric
Under the Sea -- Sebastian and Sea Creatures
If Only (Ariel's Lament) -- Ariel
Sweet Child -- Flotsam and Jetsam
Poor Unfortunate Souls -- Ursula

ACT TWO
Entr'acte -- Orchestra
Positoovity -- Scuttle and Gulls
Beyond My Wildest Dreams -- Ariel, Maids, and Grimsby
Les Poissons -- Chef Louis
Les Poissons (Reprise) -- Chef Louis and Chefs
One Step Closer -- Prince Eric
Daddy's Little Angel (Reprise) -- Ursula, Flotsam, and Jetsam
Kiss the Girl -- Sebastian and Animals
If Only (Quartet) -- Ariel, Prince Eric, Sebastian, King Triton
The Contest -- Grimsby and Princesses
Poor Unfortunate Sould (Reprise) -- Ursula
Finale -- King Triton, Ariel, Prince Eric, and Ensemble

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