BWW TV: Meet Those 'Marvelous Meanies' of THE LITTLE MERMAID - Heidi, Tyler & Eric!

BroadwayWorld TV is proud to present the three leading villains of Disney's The Little Mermaid.  Musical theatre star Heidi Blickenstaff, of [title of show] fame, is currently sassing things up as "Ursula," a role she first understudied.  And Tyler Maynard is now joined by Eric LaJuan Summers as the electric duo, "Flotsam" and "Jetsam."

Blickenstaff also appeared on Broadway in The Full Monty, and toured with Jeckyll & Hyde, Steel Pier, The Who's Tommy, Dreamgirls and The Full Monty.  She recently received the Helen Hayes Award for her performance in Meet John Doe at Ford's Theatre.  And she last worked with Mermaid director Francesca Zambello in the world premiere of Prairie at New York Stage and Film.

BroadwayWorld's James Sims and Eddie Varley caught up with Heidi Blickenstaff, Tyler Maynard and Eric LaJuan Summers upstairs at Disney's New Amsterdam Theatre to get the backstory on their taking on such memorable villains in The Little Mermaid.

And beginning on April 7, 2009, Tony-Award winner Faith Prince will replace Blickenstaff as "Ursula," the evil sea witch.  Prince was last on Broadway in the musical A Catered Affair opposite Harvey Fierstein and Tom Wopat.

Based on the classic Walt Disney animated feature, Mermaid features popular songs "Part of Your World," "Kiss the Girl" and the Oscar-winning "Under the Sea," composed by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman.  Menken, along with lyricist Glenn Slater, have also written ten new songs for the Broadway adaptation.  Playwright Doug Wright has crafted the book for this new musical.

The Little Mermaid tickets range in price from $51.50-$121.50 (all prices include a $1.50 facility fee).  Tickets are available at, 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.

Produced and Edited by James Sims

Interviews by Eddie Varley

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