Mermaid casting

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re: Mermaid casting#101
Posted: 1/20/07 at 1:02pm
jacobsnchz14, read this, it's from Variety:

"Schumacher is reluctant to discuss how the show's underwater world will be conjured onstage, hinting only that low-tech creative solutions will be sought. "Francesca always says 'No water, no wire'," he explained. "There'll be a lot of choreography and a lot of music but they won't be swimming through the air on this one."
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re: Mermaid casting#102
Posted: 1/20/07 at 2:14pm
jacobsnchz14

Sierra Boggess is currently one of the Christines in the Las Vegas Phantom. She previously appeared on the Les Miz tour. And she sings like a dream.

Just actually just saw her as Christine in POTO and she was stunning (definitely ranking among the Christines of Jen Wills and Susan Owen, two of the best imo.) She had the tendency to overact at times, but I credit that to the vast size of the playing house. Her vocals, sweet jesus, were perfection. Never have I heard a Christine utilize her chest voice in such a technically impeccable and thrilling fashion. Sierra honestly nailed every musical aspect of the role and was the best out of all the principals (I also saw Crivello and Batman.)

Would be very thrilled to see her as Ariel!
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re: Mermaid casting#103
Posted: 1/20/07 at 2:30pm
Little mermaid!
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re: Mermaid casting#104
Posted: 1/20/07 at 3:26pm
... please don't tell me we're going to have mermaids on roller blades. It's certainly low-tech, but one 'Starlight Express' was MORE than enough thank you. >_<
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re: Mermaid casting#105
Posted: 1/20/07 at 4:40pm
True to whomever it was that mentioned it isn't exclusively Disney who double-casts children.

Disney, however does double cast nowadays. Beauty currently has alternating "Chip" boys; same for "Young Simba" in The Lion King and "Young Tarzan" in Tarzan, and especially so in the triple-casted "Michael" in Mary Poppins.

A kid that age doesn't necessarily need to be double-cast (or, for that matter, triple-cast, like the case in Poppins). Look at the boy parts from Caroline, or Change ("Noah") and Chitty ("Jeremy") - neither were double-cast in alternating roles. Specific to Chitty, Henry Hodges just happened to have a whole slew of boys in the child ensemble who were understudying his part.

The new Mermaid production, by trying to hire a boy in the 10+ age range, could probably get away with one main boy and one standby and/or u/s, but, given Disney's recent history, most likely won't.
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re: Mermaid casting#106
Posted: 1/20/07 at 6:20pm
Oh well.
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re: Mermaid casting#107
Posted: 1/20/07 at 9:04pm
I, too will confirm that Sierra Boggess is playing Ariel and she's very excited to be doing so.
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re: Mermaid casting#108
Posted: 1/20/07 at 9:10pm
Anyone can play Ariel! I want a great Broadway Diva for Ursulla! It better not be some third rate Mrs Potts replacement.
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re: Mermaid casting#109
Posted: 1/20/07 at 9:24pm
Way to go, Sierra! Best wishes to you!

And I completely agree about how she utilized her chest voice in Phantom. It's gorgeous:)
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re: Mermaid casting#110
Posted: 1/20/07 at 9:29pm
Sierra Boggess is Ariel.

One of the determining factors in final callbacks was that Sierra was a skater for 10 years . . . and Ariel has to skate. The flippers/tail/whatever you want to call it will cover up the wheels of her skates. :)
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re: Mermaid casting#111
Posted: 1/20/07 at 9:31pm
They're going to be on Skates? BWAHHHHHH! Let's revive Starlight Express and have 3 roller skate musicals on Broadway at one time!
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re: Mermaid casting#112
Posted: 1/20/07 at 9:32pm
They are going to be on roller skates? Shoot me now.
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re: Mermaid casting#113
Posted: 1/20/07 at 9:33pm
Starlight Express with Disney music. Go figure.
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re: Mermaid casting#114
Posted: 1/20/07 at 9:34pm
Have they figured out a magic way to make noiseless roller skates?
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re: Mermaid casting#115
Posted: 1/20/07 at 9:37pm
re: Mermaid casting

Hmmm...I can see it.

Hell, her face is extremely similar to that of the cartoon Ariel.

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re: Mermaid casting#116
Posted: 1/20/07 at 9:37pm
And what happens when somebody falls? Does somebody get to scream: "Fish out of water!"
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re: Mermaid casting#117
Posted: 1/20/07 at 9:39pm
I assume they'll just throw water at the audience until the actor recovers?
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re: Mermaid casting#118
Posted: 1/20/07 at 9:47pm
Dammit, I said *don't* tell me it'd be on skates! Dammit dammit dammit!

My heart just plummeted into my mismatched socks. ;_;
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re: Mermaid casting#119
Posted: 1/20/07 at 10:57pm
I see it on ice... but they tour all over the globe! Anyway, how are they going to "swim" underwater??? They will walk across the stage and trip? Very exciting! Not!!! I still want to see how they will do the mer-people's costumes. I wonder...
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re: Mermaid casting#120
Posted: 1/20/07 at 11:07pm
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re: Mermaid casting#121
Posted: 1/21/07 at 2:33am
They can cast David Tankersly!


Hottest guy on roller blades on Broadway, period.
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re: Mermaid casting#122
Posted: 1/21/07 at 3:43am
I think Chelsea looks more like Ariel, but you guys have me excited about this Sierra's voice. I wanna catch her in Vegas before she leaves! Does anyone know the performance schedule, since I know she probably doesn't do both shows on two-show days...
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re: Mermaid casting#123
Posted: 1/21/07 at 3:46am
*edit*

oops!
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re: Mermaid casting#124
Posted: 1/21/07 at 9:21am
I remember seeing The Little Mermaid on ice when I was little. It was a wee bit cheesy now that I look back on it; but it did work on ice. The one thing I'm not understanding is the roller-skating issue...it seems a little confuzzled to me. I mean, why don't they try using ballet movements for the underwater scene's instead of roller-skates?
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re: Mermaid casting#125
Posted: 1/21/07 at 10:35am
I was all excited reading this thread, that it seems like they are doing really good casting, and then...roller skating...it just seems so tacky. Also when the show is still running in 10 years it will be harder for everyone to phone in their performance...