Douglas, Jr. succeeds Tituss Burgess, who created the role on Broadway. Burgess played his final performance Dec. 7.
As previously announced, former [title of show] star Heidi Blickenstaff will begin performances as Ursula Jan. 27, 2009. The musical at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre also recently welcomed two new cast members: Eric LaJuan Summers as Jetsam and Robert Creighton as Chef Louis.
The Little Mermaid also currently features features Sierra Boggess as Ariel, Sean Palmer as Prince Eric, Norm Lewis as King Triton, Sherie Rene Scott as Ursula (through Jan. 25, 2009), Eddie Korbich as Scuttle, Jonathan Freeman as Grimsby, Tyler Maynard as Flotsam and Trevor Braun and Brian DAddario alternating as Flounder.
"In a magical kingdom beneath the sea," according to Mermaid production notes, "a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father — the king of the sea — escape the clutches of an evil sea witch and convince a prince that she's the girl with the perfect voice." The musical is based on both the Disney animated film (written and directed by John Musker & Ron Clements) and the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.
The Little Mermaid features songs penned by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman for the Disney film ("Part of Your World," "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl," among others) as well as ten new tunes by Menken and Glenn Slater. Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife, Grey Gardens) wrote the book. The creative team includes Francesca Zambello (direction), Stephen Mear (choreography), George Tsypin (scenic design), Tatiana Noginova (costume design), Natasha Katz (lighting design), John Shivers (sound design), Angelina Avallone (makeup design), Sven Ortel (projection and video design) and David Brian Brown (hair design). Associate producer is Todd Lacey. Fight director is Rick Sordelet. Technical director is David Benken. Production supervisor is Clifford Schwartz.
Tickets for the musical are available by calling (212) 307-4747 or by visiting the Lunt-Fontanne box office at 205 West 46th Street.
For more information visit Walt Disney Theatricals at www.disneyonbroadway.com.