This post will be a full review of the show compared to the Broadway show and movie.
Theater (Het Nieuwe Luxor Theater)
The first thing you must know is that this is an touring production, why is this important? Because most touring production usually are seen as smaller or scaled down versions of there 1 theater only counterparts. The fun part is that The Little Mermaid doesn't feel like a touring show, it doesn't look scaled down or less than other big productions! I had tickets for row 3 on the far right of the stage, I could see everything very well so I was pleased by that.
The Show Act 1
Before the show starts the sound of waves can be heard in the in the theater which set the mood. The show opens with the same OVERTURE as on Broadway. After that you'll get a musical piece which resembles the MAIN TITTLES from the movie. During this piece you'll dive under the sea and explore the ocean world and encounter Ariel and Flounder for the first time. You see them talking about something and swimming to the surface. Then we switch to the palace with Triton and his Daughters. They are having a celebration because it's been so many years since Triton became king of the sea and banished Ursula. As part of this celebration Sebastien has written a musical piece for the king aka DAUGHTERS OF TRITON. Ofcourse Ariel isn't there and Triton gets angry and swims off. Sebastian and the Sisters complain about Ariel not being there and about the fact that Ariel is Triton's little girl. We then switch to the surface where we see Ariel singing THE WORLD ABOVE. Directly after that Fathoms Below kicks in. We meet Eric, Grimsby and the Sailor Crew. We learn that Eric doesn't like being a prince and wants to live a live on the ocean sailing. Grimsby wants him to marry and take the throne because that is something he promised the king he would do before Eric turns 21. We also learn that Triton is the brother of sea witch Ursula. The song ands and Flounder then comes to the shore and talks with Ariel about the world above (Flounder has never been to the surface before) He tries to impress Ariel by saying he has been there many times before. They fool around and Scuttle comes flying in. Ariel has picked up a fork that was trow of the ship during FATHOMS BELOW. Scuttle explains it's function and also shows them a pipe. When they talk about the pipe's function of making music Ariel remembers the concert celebration and dives back to the palace. (HUMAN STUFF has been cut from this production) Triton finds out Ariel has been to the surface and reminds her that her mother was killed on the surface and humans where ones who did it. Ariel says that there is no evidence for that and it could have been something else. Triton gets mad and forbids Ariel to never go to the surface again. Sebastian gets appointed to watch Ariel to prevent her from going to the surface. Ariel swims of to her grotto and sings PART OF YOUR WORLD. Sebastian then enters her grotto and gets mad and wants to tell Triton about the human stuff. Ariel isn't really paying attention and sees thunder and swims to the surface. There is a storm at sea going on. Eric gets swiped of deck and Ariel saves him from drowning. When she lays him on the beach Scuttle and Flounder arrive. She sings PART OF YOUR WORLD REPRISE. Flounder is all sad because he loved Ariel as well but now sees she loves Eric. Grimsby arrives and scares them all away and takes Eric back to the castle. In the palace the Sisters are singing SHE'S IN LOVE. Flounder joins them and tells them that he is upset that she is in love with a human. The Sisters are shocked and want to tell Triton. We switch to Flotsam & Jetsam. They introduce Ursula and she sings DADDY'S LITTLE GIRL. We find out that Ursula has 7 older sisters which all have been daddy's little girl. Ursula was ugly and fat so her father gave her a magic shell instead of being daddy's little girl. With the magic of the shell she killed her sisters one by one hoping she would become daddy's little girl. But when all 7 where dead she still wasn't his little girl so she also killed him. When he died she became rules of the oceans and seas (and got the triton of her father) At that point her younger brother Triton came on scene and when he turned 18 he banished her and took back the throne (Ursula left with the magic shell and Triton got the triton) Then we switch to the surface at night and see Eric on the beach singing HER VOICE. We learn that Grimsby has planned a singing contest to find the voice Eric falls in love with so he can get married. We switch to under the sea where Sebastian tells Ariel to stay under the sea because of the beauty that can be found there. He sings UNDER THE SEA. Ariel isn't impressed and swims off leaving Sebastian alone. Triton swims on stage and asks if he knows what's going on with Ariel and where he can find her (he is joined by 2 of her Sisters and Flounder) Sebastian leads them to Ariel's grotto. Ariel is shocked that they all found her grotto and her human stuff. The Sister and Triton disapprove of her human stuff and love for Eric. Ariel gets mad at Flounder for telling she loves Eric. She also is mad at Sebastian for telling her hiding place. But Triton is even more mad and orders everyone to leave as he wants to talk to Ariel alone. He sings THE WORLD ABOVE REPRISE. After that he destroys her grotto and human stuff. He leaves and Ariel is left behind. She sings IF ONLY. Flotsam & Jetsam arrive and lure her to Ursula singing SWEET CHILD. Ursula sings POOR UNFORTUNATE SOULS and Ariel trades her voice for a pair of legs. She swims to the shore and the curtain lowers. End act 1.