Explore the depths of love through Disney’s The Little Mermaid, which will be staged at the Meralco Theatre from November 18 - December 11, 2011.
Atlantis Productions and Metrobank are presenting this latest Disney musical, which is based on the animated film of 1989 with the same title.
In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, 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—to escape the clutches of an evil sea witch and convince a prince that she’s the girl with the perfect voice.
Based on one of the most beloved Disney films of all time and the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is the sparkling new Disney musical that made a splash on Broadway.
Some of Disney’s most popular songs are featured in show—including "Part of Your World," "Kiss the Girl," and the Academy Award-winning Best Original Song, "Under the Sea."
These are made by the songwriting team of 8-time Academy winner Alan Menken and the renowned Howard Ashman.
The stage adaptation also features new songs by Menken and Glenn Slater, plus a book by Tony Award-winning playwright Doug Wright.
Singing champions Rachelle Ann Go and Erik Santos make their professional musical theatre stage debut as Ariel and the Prince in Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
Rachelle Ann Go is one of the most awarded singers of her generation. She was the grand winner of Search for a Star in 2004, and she won the Silver Medal that same year at the Shanghai Music Festival.
Rachelle currently appears on GMA-7’s Party Pilipinas.
Erik Santos, on the other hand, is known as The Prince of Pop in Philippine entertainment. He shot to fame when he won the first Star in a Million competition on ABS-CBN.
Since then, he has become a part of ASAP XV and is a popular singer and recording artist.
The Little Mermaid is directed by Bobby Garcia (In The Heights, Next to Normal, A Little Night Music, Xanadu, Avenue Q, Spelling Bee, Cinderella) and Chari Arespacochaga (Aida, Legally Blonde, Spring Awakening, Avenue Q, Doubt).
Bobby Garcia and Chari Arespacochaga were in Hawaii last year to take Asian puppetry workshops which will help them create much of the underwater world.
Garcia says, "We are thrilled, once again, to bring another beloved Disney classic to the Philippine Stage. Disney’s The Little Mermaid started the renaissance of Disney’s animation department and has some of the most memorable songs written for an animation classic.
"We are creating a Little Mermaid unlike any other. It will be an exciting fusion of East meets West elements. Our underwater kingdom will be Asian in theme and our above water world will be Western, representing two different worlds.
"We will also be using traditional forms of Asian and Western puppetry, including Wayang shadow play, bunraku, nang kaloung and western hand and walking puppetry. We can’t wait to open the show!"
One of the biggest musical productions to open in the Philippines this year, the Manila production features over 150 costumes and numerous puppets of all shapes and sizes created by Liz and Benny Batoctoy.
Also in the cast are Jinky Llamanzares as Ursula, OJ Mariano as Sebastian, Calvin Millado as King Triton, Lee Viloria as Flounder, Ikey Canoy as Scuttle, Felix Rivera as Flotsam, Jamie Barcelon as Jetsam and Raymond Concepcion as Grimsby.
The Manila production also features a full Orchestra using the original Broadway arrangements.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid has choreography by Cecile Martinez, set design by Lex Marcos, costume design by Erik Pineda...
lighting design by Jay Aranda, music direction by Ceejay Javier, puppetry design and execution by Liz and Benny Batoctoy and Sam Fuentes...
projection design by G.A. Fallarme and vocal coaching by ManMan Angsico.
For tickets, call Atlantis Productions at 892-7078; or for the November 26, 8pm show, call Marc Ong at 0920-9623918 or Ria Buenafe 09175349437.