Disney's The Little Mermaid Sells Out 7-Week Pre-Broadway Engagement at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Most Successful Out-of-Town Tryout for Disney Theatrical Productions

Sep 07, 2007, 01:00 ET from Disney Theatrical Group

    DENVER, Colo., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- With its final performance this
 Sunday, September 9 -- after four weeks of previews and nearly three weeks
 of performances -- Disney's pre-Broadway engagement of THE LITTLE MERMAID
 has sold out every ticket made available to the public in its run at the
 Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
 With nearly 95,000 seats sold in 47 performances, this pre-Broadway
 engagement has been one of the most highly attended events in DCPA history
 and the most successful out-of-town tryout for Disney Theatrical
 Productions ever.
     "The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is delighted to have had the
 pre-Broadway engagement of THE LITTLE MERMAID here in the gorgeous new
 Ellie Caulkins Opera House," said Randy Weeks, President and Executive
 Director of Denver Center Attractions. "This was the highlight of our year
 and we have been overwhelmed by the tremendous support and amazing response
 our audiences have shown. We greatly value our relationship with Disney
 Theatrical Productions, and have been honored to have this fantastic cast
 and crew here in Denver."
     Noted by local critics to be "a lavish production" with "moments of
 glimmering magic" (Rocky Mountain News) and called an "intoxicating
 spectacle" (The Denver Post), Mermaid has delighted scores of Denver
     Making her Broadway debut as Ariel, Sierra Boggess (coincidentally a
 Denver native), was lauded by Denver critics as having an "ethereal voice"
 and "the spunk and sparkle of a girl capable of saving both herself and the
 prince" (Rocky Mountain News). Denver Post critic John Moore said of the
 actress, "Bet on it: This kid's gonna be a big Broadway star." Moore also
 noted, "The casting is impeccable...Boggess and Scott could be destined for
 Tony Award nominations."
     "THE LITTLE MERMAID represents the quintessential Disney theatrical
 experience, and this imaginative, ambitious, and entertaining production
 brings a whole new level of excitement and audience involvement to this
 timeless tale," said Dick Cook, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. "We're
 thrilled by the audience response to the previews and performances in
 Denver, and feel strongly that the show is going to be a favorite with
 audiences on Broadway for a long time starting this fall. Thomas Schumacher
 and his team have done an incredible job bringing THE LITTLE MERMAID to the
 stage, and we're extremely proud of this latest milestone. It's clear from
 the Denver engagement that this production delivers all the magic, charm,
 and memorable music, and that the show met or exceeded even the highest
     Ellie Caulkins, the namesake for THE LITTLE MERMAID's theatre home in
 Denver, commented, "I am so pleased that the City of Denver was able to
 create a beautiful opera house at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, a
 fantastic venue where audiences might experience a piece of history like
 this, as well as opera and ballet. On a personal note, I am thrilled that I
 had the opportunity to see this amazing production four times! I loved it
     Jack Finlaw, Director of Denver's Division of Theatres and Arenas,
 added, "I am elated that THE LITTLE MERMAID made its pre-Broadway premiere
 at our Ellie Caulkins Opera House. As the first Broadway musical to play
 the new opera house, this was a history-making engagement and a source of
 great pride that the entire City of Denver can share in. I hope the Denver
 run was just the beginning of a very successful engagement for THE LITTLE
 MERMAID, as well as the first of many future projects that involve a
 partnership between Disney Theatricals, Denver Center Attractions and the
     Featuring the Oscar-winning score and music from the beloved 1989 film,
 eight-time Academy Award(R) winner Alan Menken has written eleven new songs
 with lyricist Glenn Slater that blend seamlessly with those originally
 written with Howard Ashman. The book for the new musical is by Pulitzer
 Prize and Tony Award(R) -winning playwright Doug Wright.
     Led by director Francesca Zambello, THE LITTLE MERMAID's visionary team
 of artists includes Olivier Award winner Stephen Mear (choreography),
 George Tsypin (scenic design), Tatiana Noginova (costume design), Tony
 Award(R) winner Natasha Katz (lighting design), John Shivers (sound
 design), Angelina Avallone (make-up design) and David Brian Brown (hair
     THE LITTLE MERMAID, based on the Disney film and the classic fairy tale
 by Hans Christian Andersen, 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. The pre-Broadway cast
 features Sierra Boggess as 'Ariel,' Sean Palmer as 'Prince Eric,' Norm
 Lewis as 'King Triton,' Tituss Burgess as 'Sebastian,' Eddie Korbich as
 'Scuttle,' Jonathan Freeman as 'Grimsby,' Derrick Baskin as 'Jetsam,' Tyler
 Maynard as 'Flotsam,' Cody Hanford and J.J. Singleton as 'Flounder,' and
 Sherie Rene Scott as 'Ursula.'
     Broadway previews of THE LITTLE MERMAID will begin at the Lunt-Fontanne
 Theatre (205 West 46th Street) on November 3, 2007, with an official
 opening on December 6, 2007. Visit http://www.DisneyOnBroadway.com for more
     Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID has been part of Denver Center Attractions'
 2007 season, which is generously sponsored by United Airlines. Media
 sponsorship is provided by The Denver Post, CBS 4, KOSI radio, Colorado
 Homes & Lifestyles magazine and Cherry Creek Shopping Center. Denver Center
 Attractions is supported in part by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities
     The Denver Center for the Performing Arts presents and produces live
 theatre with Broadway touring shows, cabaret productions and a professional
 theatre company. The DCPA is the site of training schools for actors, a
 voice research laboratory and unique rental facilities. Denver Center
 Attractions is a preferred stop on the Broadway touring circuit and has
 launched many national touring premieres. Center Attractions also produces
 cabaret shows. The Tony Award-winning Denver Center Theatre Company is the
 largest professional theatre company between Chicago and the West Coast. It
 produces traditional and contemporary drama and world premieres. For more
 information, please visit http://www.denvercenter.org.

SOURCE Disney Theatrical Group