Jessica Grové in a 2012 Sacramento production of The Little Mermaid.
Photo by Charr Crail
Paper Mill Playhouse has announced the cast and creative team for its upcoming production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, based on the classic animated film of the same title, which will begin performances at the New Jersey venue May 29.
The production, featuring a revamped script, additional songs, a new physical production and an entirely fresh interpretation of the piece, will also play at partner theatres Kansas City Starlight and Pittsburgh CLO.
Directed by Glenn Casale with original choreography by John MacInnis, the musical will open at Paper Mill June 2; performances will continue through June 30.
"In a magical kingdom beneath the sea," according to press notes, "the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on the enchanting 1989 Disney animated film and one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages."
The score features "Part of Your World," "Kiss the Girl" and the Academy Award-winning Best Original Song, "Under the Sea," composed by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken and his longtime collaborator, the late Howard Ashman, as well as new songs by Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater. The book for the musical is by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Doug Wright.
The creative team also includes music director Craig Barna, scenic designer Kenneth Foy, costume designers Amy Clark and Mark Koss, lighting designer Charlie Morrison, sound designer Randy Hansen, hair and wig designer Leah J. Loukas, flying sequence choreographer Paul Rubin and production stage manager Kim Vernace.
Single tickets are on sale now and range from $26-$97. Tickets may be purchased by calling (973) 376-4343.
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