Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ premieres in Asia
By CRISPINA MARTINEZ-BELEN
November 17, 2011, 9:48am
MANILA, Philippines — Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” is set to premiere tomorrow night, the first time the well-loved musical is shown outside Broadway. For its Manila run, the cast is led by Erik Santos and Rachelle Ann Go.
Atlantis Productions and Metrobank are presenting the musical based on the 1989 animated film of the same title at the Meralco Theatre from Nov. 18 to Dec. 11.
“The Little Mermaid” features some of Disney’s most popular songs including “Part Of Your World,” “Kiss The Girl” and the Academy Award-winning (Best Original Song) “Under The Sea” by the song-writing team of eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. New songs by Menken and Glenn Slater plus a book by Tony Award-winning playwright Dough Wright will also be featured in the stage adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale.
Rachelle Ann stars as Ariel while Erik plays Prince Eric. This stage version is directed by Bobby Garcia (“In The Heights,” “Next to Normal,” etc.) and Chari Arespacochaga (“Aida,” “Legally Blonde”).
Erik Santos nervous about debut in a Broadway Musical
Events , Pinoy Showbiz , by Admin on Nov 17, 2011
ERIK SANTOS is understandably on tenterhooks as his first musical play, “The Little Mermaid”, where he plays the Prince, opens tonight at Meralco Theatre. Now a member of the prestigious Star Magic Family, Erik started his career in 2003 after winning in Star in a Million to become the Prince of Pop. But he only went into acting last awit tickeyear in a “Maalaala Mo Kaya” drama episode shot in Macau. Now, he’s tries acting professionally on stage in the Disney musical that’s a certified hit in Broadway. Produced by Atlantis Productions and directed by Bobby Garcia and Chari Arespacochaga, Erik is so excited. “This is definitely a new and different kind of experience for me so I hope my supporters will all watch its run up to December 11.” He himself will produce a special celebrity screening on November 25.
But this doesn’t mean Erik’s going fulltime into theatre musicals as he also ventures into other types of music genres especially in his performances on ASAP Rocks. In his latest album, “Awit Para Sa ‘Yo”, he also explores writing his own songs. He’s overwhelmed by the huge success of his carrier single “Kulang Ako Kung Wala Ka” that dominates the radio airwaves for more than two months now. Its music video also topped MYX for a month. Another hit single titled “Bakit Mahal Pa Rin Kita” also composed by Jonathan Manalo. Erik is also busy preparing for the repeat of his concert “PowER IKons” on November 30, 2011, 8pm at Music Museum with guests Rachelle Ann Go, Bugoy Drilon and Nikki Gil. Get your Little Mermaid and Power Ikons tickets at Ticketworld at 891-9999.