Muny's Little Mermaid, Featuring Paul Vogt, Ken Page, Patti Murin, Begins July 6

News   Muny's Little Mermaid, Featuring Paul Vogt, Ken Page, Patti Murin, Begins July 6 Disney's The Little Mermaid begins performances July 6 at the St. Louis Muny, the nation's oldest and largest outdoor theatre.

Patti Murin
Patti Murin

The musical, which is based on the animated film of the same name, continues through July 14.

Directed by Paul Blake, the cast features Sam Lips as Pilot; John Riddle as Prince Eric; Gary Glasgow as Grimsby; Ken Page as King Triton; Francis Jue as Sebastian; Patti Murin as Ariel; Elizabeth Teeter as Flounder; Lara Teeter as Scuttle; Paul Vogt as Ursula; Matt Braver as Flotsam; Max Kumangai as Jetsam; Madeline Trumble as Carlotta; Lee Roy Reams as Chef Louis; Stephanie Cain, Alex DeLeo, Cameron Hobbs, Sam Lips, Sarah Meahl, Harris Milgrim, Charles Osborne and Adam Rogers as Gulls; and Natasha Ashworth, Jen Brissman, Lili Froehlich, K.B. Hart, Brené Jackson and Michelle Rombola as Mersisters. Sarah Meahl is the dance captain.

The ensemble comprises Natasha Ashworth, Jen Brissman, Stephanie Cain, Alex DeLeo, Jordan Firstman, Lili Froehlich, K.B. Hart, Cameron Hobbs, Brené Jackson, Sam Lips, Sarah Meahl, Harris Milgrim, Charles Osborne, Patrick Probst, Michelle Rombola. Adam Rogers and Madeline Trumble.

The creative team also includes choreographer Alex Sanchez, musical director Greg Anthony, production stage manager Matthew Lacey, assistant stage manager Hannah Sullivan, sound designer Jason Krueger, costume design by Kansas City Costume, lighting designer David Lander and scenic designer Michael Anania.

Paul Blake produces. Mike Bosner is associate producer. Disney's lavish Broadway musical, The Little Mermaid, played its final performance at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre Aug. 30, 2009, following 50 previews and 685 performances. The stage version of the hit animated film borrowed Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's movie songs and added new songs by Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater. Opera director Francesca Zambello directed. Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife, Grey Gardens) wrote the book.

"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.

Song titles include "Fathoms Below," "Daughters of Triton," "The World Above," "Human Stuff," "I Want the Good Times Back," "Part of Your World," "Storms at Sea," "She's in Love," "Her Voice," "Under the Sea," "Sweet Child," "Poor Unfortunate Souls," "Positoovity," "Beyond My Wildest Dreams," "Les Poissons," "One Step Closer," "Kiss the Girl," "If Only," "The Contest" and "Finale Ultimo."

The remainder of the season includes Singin' in the Rain, July 18-24; Little Shop of Horrors, July 25-31; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Aug. 1-7; and Bye Bye Birdie, Aug. 8-14.

This season marks Paul Blake's last as executive producer of The Muny. Mike Isaacson will succeed Blake beginning with the 2012 season at the St. Louis theatre. Blake has served as executive producer of The Muny since 1990.

For more information about The Muny and the 2011 productions, call (314) 361-1900 or visit www.muny.org.

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