This "Virtual Opening Night" will also include new backstage interviews with Sierra Boggess, Sherie Renee Scott and all the leading actors. Composer Alan Menken will also be on hand to tell how the fairytale became a film and how the film became Broadway's newest musical.
Neither special equipment nor a password is needed to enjoy this special event, created by web radio station PlaybillRadio.com with Disney Theatricals. Listeners can go to Playbillradio.com starting at 9 PM ET and select either the Windows Media or MP3 streams. Playbill reporters will also be on the red carpet in front of the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre to speak with arriving celebrities.
To celebrate the event, Playbill.com will have a page dedicated to The Little Mermaid, including lyrics to all the songs, plus photos from the red carpet and the production itself.
The official release date of The Little Mermaid original cast recording is Feb. 26. The CD is available for pre-order at Amazon.com. A limited-edition picture-disc version of the CD is available for pre-order at the (Playbill Store), another online exclusive.
Playbill Radio provides theatre lovers with a worthy complement to Playbill's existing print and Internet offerings. Current content features consist of a 24-hour/day stream of the best Broadway cast recordings, podcast programs of interviews with theatre stars and hourly theatre news updates. Listener interaction features user-posted song ratings and track requests. Current standard programming includes Playbill Presents, Center Stage and Composer Spotlight, each providing in-depth access to all things theatre. Based on one of the most beloved Disney films of all time and the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid, presented by Disney Theatrical Productions, is Broadway's newest musical. Some of Disney's most popular songs are featured in show — including "Part of Your World," "Kiss the Girl" and the Academy Award-winning Best Original Song, "Under the Sea" — by the songwriting team of eight-time Academy winner Alan Menken and the renowned Howard Ashman. The stage adaptation, directed by Francesca Zambello, also features new songs by Menken and Glenn Slater, plus a book by Tony Award-winning playwright Doug Wright.