Review Roundup: Variety Theatre's THE LITTLE MERMAID
Mann is known on Broadway as the original Rum Tum Tugger in "Cats," the original Inspector Javert in "Les Miserables," and the original beast in "Beauty and the Beast," among many others.
Hear Mann talk about his experience thus far in the video below!
Variety Theatre, celebrating 10 years in the St. Louis region has an inclusive children's ensemble that performs with a professional adult cast.
Tickets start at just $18 for "Disney's The Little Mermaid" with performances here at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. Six shows, and these performers, both seasoned, and some just starting out will wow audiences under the sea and under the lights.
Let's see what the critics have to say!
Mark Bretz, Ladue News: Johnson made for a handsome and high-spirited Prince Eric, who simultaneously respects yet also chafes under the ever-watchful guidance of his guardian Grimsby. Alan Knoll brought wisdom, patience and maturity to the latter part, earnestly working to get Prince Eric hitched to a princess by the kid's 21st birthday to honor the request of Eric's late father.
Lynn Venhaus, St Louis Limelight: The innovative flourishes to stand-out characters made them particularly memorable here. The agile Drew Humphrey, dandy as Scarecrow last year, charmed everyone as the wacky sidekick seagull Scuttle, and the nimble dance number "Positoovity" was a highlight in a show filled with them.
Amy Scheers, BroadwayWorld: The true stars of every Variety Theatre performance are, of course, the children of all abilities. This production always finds a unique way to incorporate the children as featured members of the cast, and you just can't imagine the performance without the big smiles on every one of them. It is what make these productions a highlight of the theatre scene every year. In fact, in 2018, Variety Theatre was awarded the "Special Award for a Body of Work" by the St. Louis Theatre Circle, an honor that is not an annual award, but is only presented when it is truly deserved.