straight from the streets of denver to the lights of broadway, disney is replacing the long running musical beauty and the beast with the much anticipated adaptation of the little mermaid, scheduled to open for previews on the great white way in early november.
receiving the disney royal treatment from acclaimed opera director francesca zambello and tony award winning lighting director natasha katz, tlm appears to be the mouse house's next lion king, which has grossed over $44 million so far in 2007, its tenth year of production (the show has averaged almost $60 million for the last two years and a respectable $50 million in previous years when ticket prices were much lower). included in the score are old favorites kiss the girl, part of your world, and the academy award winning under the sea (ahhh, the pre-jar-jar binks good ole days when mocking the caribbean accent wasn't vilified) as well as new offerings from the original mastermind alan menken.
while i do not wait with the same level of bated breathe for tlm as i do for the mel brooks backed production of young frankenstein, i still rejoice for its addition to the 2008 broadway season, if for no other reason than there doesn't appear to be a role for donny osmond in tlm. unless, of course, he wants to play that loopy albatross.