Hello Disney Broadway fans. You'll be happy to know that my opinion of The Little Mermaid is much higher than my review of Tarzan. And it was also fun to see it on the opening night of previews - the very first public performance ever - and Tom Schumacher from Disney Theatrical was there to introduce the show.
All the new songs were good, and fit in well with the show. I was also happy to see Sherie Rene Scott as Ursula - she was in the Aida production a few years back and I loved her in that.
The show will need some tinkering with, as Tom said in his intro. Oddly enough, the number my friends and I all agreed that needed the most work was the Under the Sea number - it was much too weak - it needs to be pumped up. There were some set pieces in that number that were cumbersome and slow, and that is a song that really needs to move fast - maybe they can add some flashing lights or more graphics from the giant video projectors that were making bubbles on the scenery throughout the show. I liked Scuttle a lot - his character was developed much more - and his costume was kind of like a clown - with big red shoes. Sebastian was also cute, and I liked his performance.
I think my favorite new song was She's in Love, which Arial's sisters sing. Ursula also gets a new song called I Want the Good Times Back which I liked. I was surprized that they kept Les Poissons, because its a song that doesn't advance the plot - but its still there - and with several dancing entrees and so forth feeling a bit like Be Our Guest. The other new song I liked was called If Only, which has Eric, Arial, Sebastian and Triton all singing together.
Overall, I think it will do really well with a little work - the songs are already so good, and the cast is really strong. The cast album won't be released until it open in New York in the fall, they said, and there was only a small selection of merchandise - but I had to buy a pin and a polo shirt.
Here's a few pictures.
If anyone else saw it , I'd love to hear what you thought.