I heared they wanted it to premiere in the summer. How beautiful it sounds, I'm actually quite nervous about the project. Stage will be premiering Wicked in the Netherlands in October, and soon after a big project like Little Mermaid.
Mary Poppins, which is running to an end, isn't the biggest succes here overseas (its running a year now and seems to have lots of empty chairs). So if Wicked won't run (which would be ridiculous for such an amazing show) and the Mermaid(which looks expensive) will be released soon after and will be again a Disney(after Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, Tarzan, Mary Poppins), there is a change people just had enough of all the fairytales and magic and wont visit it, therefore becoming a flop or just won't be produced due to the risk of becoming one.
I don't think people will have enough of all the fairytales because there are a lot more musicals playing with different themes and stories. Not just fairytales and 'Disney stories'. I think one of the reasons why Mary Poppins isn't a big succes here, is because the story isn't that well known. I saw the show and although it was a good show, I don't remember a lot of songs. I think a lot more people know the story and the songs of The Little Mermaid.
I do think shows like Tarzan and the Lion King are better for a bigger audience than TLM, because from what I saw of TLM it really looks like a girly show.