BroadwayGlobal shares the first cast pictures and exclusive quotes from Director Glenn Casale on his recent production of “The Little Mermaid“. The stunning pictures alone from this current production at Paper Mill Playhouse could bring back a Broadway revival. So, could Director Glenn Casale’s “The Little Mermaid” be swimming its’ way back to Broadway, BroadwayGlobal sure hopes so.
Glenn Casale is one of the top ten BroadwayGlobal best directors on the globe. In fact Casale has directed “The Little Mermaid” around the globe from Europe to Asia. If anyone understands the flaws Disney’s “Little Mermaid” musical had, including the shortest Broadway Disney run in history (swinging just behind “Tarzan“), it would be SDC Director Glenn Casale.
“The Little Mermaid” is currently making a new splash at the Paper Mill Playhouse. Yes the theatre that just brought Disney’s Tony Award winning Best Musical “Newsies“to Broadway. “The Little Mermaid” production is co-produced with Kansas City Starlight and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, so you have a few chances to enjoy this new production of “The Little Mermaid” as it swims its way around the nation.
What makes this “Little Mermaid” so different from the short lived Broadway run? Does she finally have legs to go back to Broadway? The re-imagined “Little Mermaid“, boast new script, added songs, an entire new vision with original choreography by John MacInnis, and flying effects by Paul Ruben, who flew Cathy Rigby in “Peter Pan”.
Having worked personally with SDC Director Glenn Casale in a production of “Chess” starring Paige O’Hara (Voice of Belle is Disney’s hit movie “Beauty and the Beast“) and Michael Brian Dunn who may have the most glorious male voice one has ever heard. It is easy for any cast to say, Casale has that Disney magic, magic in casting, magic in finding new ways to make the musical better than the original. Glenn Casale’s magic is to give the cast, crew and patrons one of the most memorable theatre experiences they have ever had. This new production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” is sure to capture all that magic and more.
Lucky for “Chess” Casale kept what made the production work in Europe while blending the American changes that audiences loved. The entire new production of “Chess” had so much attention even Tim Rice showed up in Los Angeles to see it. It was the best production of “Chess” ever produced to date. So BroadwayGlobal can see a few Broadway revivals in the future of Director Glenn Casale.
What makes this “Little Mermaid” different? “I went back to the Hans Christian story and made it more for adults and children. It is about a young girl who is different from the rest of her family and a single father who doesn’t understand her.” Glenn Casale.
That already sounds like a much better choice that most families can relate to today. We all know a single parent just trying to guide their children through life safely. “After seeing a recent local production of “The Little Mermaid” produced by Fort Lauderdale Childen’s Theatre, one could not imagine how this Disney hit was not still on Broadway.” Theatre Chat.
The cast is full of Broadway’s best Jessica Grove (Ariel), Nick Adams (Prince Eric), Alan Mingo Jr. (Sebastian), who by the way has a vocal range like that of Broadway’s Tony Award nominated Billy Porter (Kinky Boots). Liz McCartney (Ursula) is sure to captivate the entire audience. “I am so lucky to have this cast.” Glenn Casale.
“The Little Mermaid” flying or should we say swimming looks spectacular.” BroadwayGlobal. “Paul Ruben, who flew Cathy Rigby is doing the flying, swimming magic.” Glenn Casale.
Social media post say it best “saw this show Wednesday and the cast is Perfection!” Kathy Guide. If you want to see the best production of “The Little Mermaid” now is your time to witness this Disney magic by SDC Director Glenn Casale at three theatres around the nation, Paper Mill Playhouse (Now through June 20, 103. Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (July 9 – July 21, 2013) and Kansas City Starlight (July 23 – July 28, 2013).
“The Little Mermaid” plays now through June 20, 2013 at Paper Mill Playhouse. For tickets call 973-376-4343 or www.papermill.org.
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