Disney’s The Little Mermaid has always been a timeless classic film, whether you’ve seen the hit animated film when it first reached theatres 30 years ago or if you have only recently experienced the wonder. The musical score has always been considered some of Disney’s finest, with many critics calling composer Alan Menken’s work to be Broadway-level fare. So it was an easy decision in 2008 for a live-stage musical adaptation to be produced. Ever since the opening premiere, this new version of a classic story has delighted fans of live performance music and fans of the original film alike. With the colorful costumes, set designs, and unique theatrics to make the whole production feel as if the actors were swimming across the stage, it’s easy to see why director Francesca Zambello is so proud of her work.
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But now, the play has returned to the Tuacahn Amphitheatre to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original animated film. This is your chance to experience the memorable classic in a bold new way, with music from the original composer including old favorites such as “A Part of Your World” as well as new songs including “Beyond my Wildest Dreams” that expands this under-the-sea tale. Some of Broadway’s most talented set designers, costumers, actors, and singers come together to bring beautiful entertainment that is sure to leave you breathless. Even if you have never seen a Broadway musical before, then this adaptation of a popular work should satisfy even the most uncertain of theatre-goers.
If you love theatrical performances or fondly remember the animated film, then you can’t afford to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime celebration of one of Disney’s greatest works. Order your tickets today to come to see Disney’s The Little Mermaid
This story is A Part of Your World
This timeless story begins similarly to the animated film, with Prince Eric, played by Sean Palmer, discussing the legend of merfolk that supposedly lives under the sea. Eric’s adviser, Grimsby, wants him to return home to serve his kingdom in his rightful place as king, but Eric feels a yearning for something more that is only strengthened when he hears a beautiful voice from out in the waters. Meanwhile, in the merfolk kingdom, sea king Triton watches a performance of a concert held in honor of the successful defeat of the sea witch Ursula. The celebratory event is ruined when his youngest daughter, Ariel, fails to show for her solo. As it turns out, Ariel had forgotten about the concert since her curiosity and discovery of relics from the surface world has given her a powerful yearning for a life different than her own.
From here, the story focuses on Ariel as she speaks with friends to learn about the surface world with all the comical misunderstandings that can come from being an outside observer of an unknown culture. The story follows the original animated films plot, with your favorite scenes including Ariel’s encounter with the tricky sea witch, the first time our lover’s meet, and the exciting conclusion that will not be spoiled here.
If you want to see how Zambello’s adaptation improves the play for live production performance, then you’ll have to order your tickets and see what the story is all about.
Under the Sea with Francesca Zambello
When Disney decided to adapt their first big-name hit for the theatrical premiere, they needed the right director to lead the production and make the most out of the work. Because even with the original composer on the team to score the classic songs and create new music for the expanded scenes, there still had to be one person at the helm to tie it all together. Disney chose well when they nominated Francesca Zambello to be that leader.
Zambello had earned acclaim and recognition as a high-quality opera and theater director as early as her American debut at the Houston Grand Opera with a production of Fidelio in 1984. At the time, she was an assistant director to Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. She later served as Artistic Director of the Skylight Music Theater with Stephen Wadsworth from 1984-1991. During this period, she made a European debut at Teatro La Fenice in Venice with a 1987 production of Beatrice di Tenda. The fame and acclaim she earned for her work made it easy for theaters, festivals, and opera houses to ask her to stage productions across the world.
Francesca Zambello was also instrumental in developing and directing the world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’ Heart of a Soldier and the first international production of Carmen to ever be presented in Beijing. She also enjoyed success with theater projects including Show Boat in London, The Little Prince with help from Oscar-winning composer Rachel Portman, Napoleon in the West End, and of course The Little Mermaid, where she proved her raw talent and developed skill in producing high-quality entertainment.
Zambello earned several awards for her work and contribution to plays and cinema. These accolades included a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government for contributions to French culture as well as a Russian Federation’s Medal for service to Russian culture. She later received the San Francisco Opera’s Medallion of Honor for her work in the city over three decades as well as three Olivier Awards from the London Society of Theatres. She has also received numerous international awards including Best Production in Japan, the Palme d’Or in Germany, and the Helpmann Award in Australia.
With Zambello’s experience in theatrical productions and her clout and recognition, you know that Disney’s The Little Mermaid will be a production that you’ll never forget.
More Information about Tuacahn Amphitheatre
The Tuacahn Amphitheatre is part of the Tuacahn Center for the Arts, located in scenic Ivins, Utah. The facility was completed in 1995 with a massive 1,920-seat outdoor amphitheater, an indoor 328-seat theatre, a black box theater, dance studio, costume shop, scene shop, and Tuacahn High School. What stands out about this high school is the heavy emphasis it has on teaching the arts, which is impressive given the regrettable decline of arts education in many American public schools. Originally, the Tuacahn’s show season included two or three productions for the outdoor Tuacahn amphitheater stage, and one for the indoor Hafan Theater stage.\, as well as several seasonal productions throughout the year.
One of the major productions that played at the Tuacahn was “Utah!”, but when the board of directors noticed a decline in interest in the production from 1998 to 1999, they opted to change the programming schedule to include popular Broadway musicals that would have family-friendly appeal. The first production in this new focus were Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in a successful double bill. The change in format helped propel the Tuacahn to nationwide appeal with several successful production seasons including the record-breaking box office success of 2002’s Annie Get Your Gun and Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat and once again the following year with The Wizard of Oz.
Tuacahn’s work with Disney began in 2005 when they presented Beauty and the Beast alongside the third production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, which even surpassed their previous box office records. This began a positive relationship between Tuacahn and Disney that has lasted over a decade to this day, including hosting Disney’s Tarzan, and most recently Disney’s The Little Mermaid. It’s easy to see that the Tuacahn is a force of entertainment that is here to stay and will continue to delight audiences the world over. So come see the latest collaboration between the Tuacahn and Disney by ordering your tickets to see Disney’s The Little Mermaid while tickets last.