Daring to Dream

The Little Mermaid: Stage Musical

What started with Disney's stage versions of Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King was continued with a Broadway version of Disney's The Little Mermaid. The musical had its world premier on 26 July 2007 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, where it ran for its pre-Broadway tryout until 9 September 2007. Then show had its Broadway debut at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on 3 November 2007 and officially opened on 10 January 2008. It closed on Broadway on 30 August 2009.

The stage musical adapts the film's story for the medium with puppetry, props and wirework, bringing Ariel's world to vivid live performance life. The story itself follows familiar beats, but it adds new elements and scenes, such as Ariel learning to dance from Eric, a singing contest in lieu of the Vanessa subplot, and Triton and Ursula are siblings with vicious baggage.

Aside the songs already written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman that were naturally transported over to the stage, Alan Menken and Glenn Slater composed eleven new songs to compliment those we know and love. The book was written by Doug Wright and the production was directed by Francesca Zambello.

Many thanks to Danielle and Laura R. for various info and input for this page.

Original Broadway Cast

Sierra Boggess as Ariel
Sherie Rene Scott as Ursula
Sean Palmer as Eric
Norm Lewis as King Triton
Tituss Burgess as Sebastian
Eddie Korbich as Scuttle
Jonathan Freeman as Grimsby
Derrick Baskin as Jetsam
Tyler Maynard as Flotsam
John Treacy Egan as Louis
Heidi Blickenstaff as Carlotta
Cody Hanford, J.J. Singleton, Brian D'Addario,
Trevor Braun as Flounder

For the full cast, visit the Internet Broadway Database.

Production Photos

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Original Broadway Song List

Act 1

Act 2

Note: In 2006 there was a The Little Mermaid workshop featuring Kerry Butler as Ariel and Emily Skinner as Ursula. The workshop in-progress songs were recorded in a demo album, which has made its way on to the internet and has been circulating around since.

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Revamped Version

It might be fair to say that although the Broadway production was a spectacle, there were elements of it that were not working, and led to the show closing earlier than the creators would've liked. Whatever the case, director Glenn Casale was brought it to rework the show for its first international production in Netherlands, which premiered in 2012.

This new production made various changes including using more wirework instead of the frame tails and heelys used for the merfolk, moved some of the songs around, replaced Ursula's introductory song "I Want the Good Times Back" with "Daddy's Little Angel", and had new stage design by Bob Crowley.

The changes were received well, and almost (?) all productions afterward of the musical have been following this reworked book, which has the following song list:

Act 1

Act 2

As far as I'm aware there is no official English-language recording of a Casale-style reworked production, but there have been three official non-English recording albums of the same. If anyone knows more information, do let me know in the comments or by email!

Netherlands (2012)

Russia (2012)

Japan (2013)

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