Disney sure knows how to entertain us, don't they? The King(or Queen) of family entertainment conquered Broadway with the "Lion King"(one of my all time favorite shows) which is still selling out nightly. Then came Beauty and the Beast then Aida, Mary Poppins(great show!) and finally their latest great creation, The Little Mermaid! Each show is fabulous entertainment and I loved them all! 'Ursula' is certainly one of the best villains ever and was originated in the cartoon movie by the awesome Pat Carroll and then by the great Sheri Rene Scott on Broadway who now turns it over to Broadway favorite and [title of show] star Heidi Blickenstaff(pictured right). The talented and 'very sweet' Blickenstaff assumed the 'very sassy and sinister' role on January 27, 2009.
Blickenstaff was cast as the understudy for the role during the early days of THE LITTLE MERMAID, but left the show when it was announced [title of show] would be moving to Broadway.
THE LITTLE MERMAID takes place in a magical kingdom beneath the sea, where 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.
Led by the award-winning director, Francesca Zambello, some of the theatre's most innovative artists have collaborated to create THE LITTLE MERMAID. The score features the classic songs: "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 10 new songs by Mr. Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater. The book for the new musical is by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Doug Wright.
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