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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:14 pm 
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Yes. It was pretty much a mess, despite a few generally solid performances.

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I saw the show and I didn't feel that it was a mess or so bad. The musical arrangement was excellent. It's a aimed towards children and looked kinda plastic. Sierra was wonderful as Ariel.


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Yes. It was pretty much a mess, despite a few generally solid performances.


While I respect your opinion, that is what that sentence is, just your opinion. I was after facts; did the show actually bomb ?

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But those versions supposedly just changed the costumes and decor. This new European version will have a new script, and also two new songs written by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater.

Really excited! :D

Also, I think Tommie Christiaan is really cute. :P I think he'll do a good job. He's better than Jim Bakkum, who seems to be getting all the good male parts, like Fiyero..


Tommie Christiaan also played the rol of Troy Bolton in the musicalversion of High School Musical, he was the winner of a musicaltalentshow and he played Zorro in the musical Zorro. He has a nice character: he's a funny, charismatic and very adventurous (young) man. Besides he has amazing danceskills. I think he'll be a perfect prince Eric. I can't wait to hear who will play the rol of his Ariel.


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I was after facts; did the show actually bomb ?
If it did well, do you think they would have closed it? Beauty and the Beast went for years and TLK is still going.

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I was after facts; did the show actually bomb ?
If it did well, do you think they would have closed it? Beauty and the Beast went for years and TLK is still going.

Yea. I don't think anyone can dig up official numbers, and then compare them to other numbers to show you, but what we can say is that the show did not pull in enough people, or enough money, to stay open for as long as a good Disney Broadway show should, like, say, Mary Poppins. So yes, it "bombed". Not horribly. It just wasn't up to snuff. Everyone who's seen it has got to admit it wasn't near as good as the movie or near as good as it could, and should, have been.

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Disney tends not to release financial statements, but it's pretty plain that "Mermaid" (and "Tarzan") both bombed pretty hard. "Mermaid" was also pretty well savaged in terms of audience and critical response. So, yes, it's my opinion that it is a mess, but it's also a pretty popular opinion, and this is coming from someone who loves the movie. The stage show as it was on Broadway stands as a textbook example of what not to do in adapting a movie to that medium.

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I can't wait to hear some of the songs.

You know as I watch The Little Mermaid and other Disney flicks I personally feel that we were robbed of a classy rendition of one of the films songs.

The Lion King
Hercules
Aladdin
Beauty and the Beast

They all got more adult contemporary renditions of a song at the end of their film. Stupid rant but I was hoping with this musical we could get a rendition of a song that sounds like the credit versions of beauty and the beast or aladdin.


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I was hoping with this musical we could get a rendition of a song that sounds like the credit versions of beauty and the beast or aladdin.

Yea but...did the Broadway musicals of any of Disney films you mentioned have songs like that in them?

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Technically, it was a flop because I don't think it recouped. But it wasn't a bomb. It got mixed reviews. A lot of people loved it, a lot of people hated it, and a lot of people were in-between.


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I was hoping with this musical we could get a rendition of a song that sounds like the credit versions of beauty and the beast or aladdin.

Yea but...did the Broadway musicals of any of Disney films you mentioned have songs like that in them?


Eh while it is a nice rendition it's not like the other two.


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@ tsom: That's what I've always thought as well. I had always got the impression that the film did well as far as getting people to come, just that the show cost so much to produce and/or put on every night that they couldn't recoup the cost.

@ CampbellzSoup: I've always wanted a pop rendition of "Part of That World" in the vein of "A Whole New World" and "Beauty and the Beast," too. I think what Duster is saying though, is that they usually don't have those in the musical versions of the films.

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That's what I've always thought as well. I had always got the impression that the film did well as far as getting people to come, just that the show cost so much to produce and/or put on every night that they couldn't recoup the cost.

The film did way better than that!!!! I think you meant to say "show" instead? ;)

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I think what Duster is saying though, is that they usually don't have those in the musical versions of the films.

Yep.

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Disney's Divinity, that's exactly how I understood it as well.

Duster, I think he meant the film was a tool to get people to see the show in the first place.

Honestly, the show wasn't that bad. I've never seen it live, but people were dramatic at how "bad" it was. I saw it online and it was pretty cool. I think people went in expecting to see the movie on stage. Even Beauty and the Beast got mixed feelings when it first came out. I think the new songs were amazing!


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They've found the Dutch Ariel! Tessa Sunniva van Tol will play the main character.

http://www.musicals.nl/the-little-mermaid-cast.asp


Here are some of here old performances:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbbuBdNGN_w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF5Au-9KGKw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=739OiXQXSeY


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Interesting choice. I thought for sure they were gonna go with an established actress like Chantal Janzen or Céline Purcell.

She has the face and she seems to be pretty good vocally in those videos. I'm sure she's grown as a singer in the last 5 years.

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She seems good...I will await further judgement, but for now I will say she's gotta learn to sing better and really get her voice to lift. It sounds like it's a little stuck deep in her throat or her nose, it's not really getting out there and soaring. And it needs to. Because Ariel's supposed to have the most beautiful voice ever.

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I think Tommie and Tessa are very cute together. Don't you think? I can't wait to see this musical. The other castmembers (Robberto de Groot - Thriton and Marjolein Touw - Ursela) are also great.

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I got front row tickets for July 5th's show...can't wait.

I saw the Broadway one in 2009 and loved it. Cast was aso very kind after the show.


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Some new designs. I really like the third one!
https://twitter.com/#!/MusicalReports/s ... to/1/large
https://twitter.com/#!/MusicalReports/s ... 76/photo/1
https://twitter.com/#!/MusicalReports/s ... 92/photo/1
https://twitter.com/#!/MusicalReports/s ... 72/photo/1

Also, I've read somewhere they want it to look like a large 'pop-up' book. That should be interesting..


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