Running since: November 2007 From Disney, an underwater fantasia adapted for the stage from their popular animated film. Closes August 30th
The Broadway production of The Little Mermaid closed August 30, 2009. For current Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.
Many years ago, a show called "Beauty and the Beast" got thoroughly panned by the critics and went on to have a long, successful run, catering mainly to visiting families with small children in tow. Here, Disney has managed to repeat the trick with a brash new musical that has drowned out the critical jeers with tween squeals. Kids enamoured of the film will likely have a grand old time, and there's always the intermission bar for the chaperones.
This production finds a middle ground between the high-concept "Lion King" and the more traditional "Mary Poppins" - its fairly straightforward but the costumes and scenery push the envelope just a bit (heelys are a big part of the show, by the way).
You might want to incorporate Hans Christian Anderson's original tale into the days before the show to give the tykes a better hold on the narrative.
Disney on Broadway performances are recommended for a general audience. As an advisory to adults who might bring young people, Disney recommends its productions for ages 6 and up. All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket. Disney's shows run approximately two and a half hours, including intermission.
Here's a number from the show, as performed on the morning news: