"Saturday Today in New York" Will Offer Backstage Mermaid Visit

News   "Saturday Today in New York" Will Offer Backstage Mermaid Visit The Feb. 2 broadcast of "Saturday Today in New York" will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the new Disney musical The Little Mermaid.

The program will go backstage at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre with Mermaid co-stars Sierra Boggess and Tituss Burgess. "Saturday Today" airs in the metropolitan area on WNBC, Channel 4. The Mermaid segment is scheduled to air during the 9:30-10 AM half-hour; check local listings.

As previously announced, Mermaid's original cast recording is due in stores Feb. 26 on the Walt Disney Records label.

"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 11 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. Dance arrangements are by David Chase, music coordinator is Michael Keller, orchestrations are by Danny Troob. Music direction, incidental music and vocal arrangements are by Michael Kosarin.

Disney Theatrical Productions is under the direction of Thomas Schumacher.

Tickets for the musical, priced $41.50-$111.50, 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.

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