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”).