Happily ever after

Going Out
BusinessWorld Online
Posted on 06:55 PM, December 01, 2011
BY JENNIFER O. CUAYCONG
Happily ever after

THEATER REVIEW
The Little Mermaid
Presented by Atlantis Productions
Until Dec. 11
Meralco Theater, Ortigas Ave., Pasig

WHEN The Little Mermaid opened on Broadway in January of 2008 amid high expectations and fanfare, it was met by a surprisingly uneven mix of reviews from critics and viewers alike. Those who liked it praised it for its inventiveness and unique take on underwater settings; those who didn’t, well, let’s just say that “garish,” “plastic,” and “too busy” were some of the kinder words used.

No wonder then that while Beauty and the Beast ran for 5,464 performances between 1994 and 2007, making it the 8th-longest running production in Broadway, and The Lion King is still being played on Broadway and in many other parts of the world (eclipsing Beauty and the Beast to become 7th in Broadway’s list), The Little Mermaid has found very limited success among the staged Disney musicals.
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Disney’s Little Mermaid Flips Fins in Manila

PHOTO CALL: Disney’s Little Mermaid Flips Fins in Manila
Playbill.com
By Matthew Blank
23 Nov 2011

The Manila production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid takes a new approach to the musical, incorporating Eastern and Western styles of design and puppetry to delineate its unique worlds.

Bobby Garcia, who has staged Next to Normal, Xanadu and Avenue Q for Atlantis Productions, directs The Little Mermaid alongside Chari Arespacochaga. The production will run Nov. 18-Dec. 11 at the Meralco Theatre.

Here is a look at the production:

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Erik Santos – Atlantis stages Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’

Atlantis stages Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’
The Philippine Star
November 07, 2011

erik santosMANILA, Philippines – Atlantis Productions and Metro Bank present the highly-anticipated Broadway musical Disney’s The Little Mermaid, which runs from Nov. 18 to December 11 at the Meralco Theatre.

Singing champions Rachelle Ann Go and Erik Santos make their professional musical theater stage debut as Ariel and the Prince in The Little Mermaid.

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 — by the renowned songwriting team of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. The stage adaptation also features 10 new songs by Menken and Glenn Slater, plus a book by Tony-winning playwright Doug Wright. It will be directed by Bobby Garcia and Chari Arespacochaga.

Bobby Garcia says, “Rachelle Ann is a fantastic Ariel. Having worked with her for a month now, I can’t imagine anyone else playing the role. She is spunky, adventurous, kind, generous and a dreamer. She also has one of the most beautiful voices we have heard. She is a true Disney Princess. I am sure she will thrill audiences the way she has been thrilling us at rehearsals. I have known Erik since he started his career. He has an incredible singing voice that conveys the Prince’s longing and passion. I am thrilled that he is finally making his musical theatre debut.”
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Erik Santos – Disney’s The Little Mermaid cast revealed

Disney’s The Little Mermaid cast revealed
(The Philippine Star) Updated October 24, 2011 12:00 AM

erik santosMANILA, Philippines – Atlantis Productions, which recently staged the repeat of the hit musical Next To Normal, ends its 2011 season with the staging of the Broadway Musical Disney’s The Little Mermaid. It will run from Nov. 18 to Dec. 11 at the Meralco Theater.

Based on one of the most beloved Disney films of all time and the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, The Little Mermaid is the sparkling new Disney musical that has made a big 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 — by the renowned songwriting team of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. The stage adaptation also features 10 new songs by Menken and Glenn Slater, plus a book by Tony-winning playwright Doug Wright. It will be directed by Bobby Garcia and Chari Arespacochaga.

Atlantis Productions has gathered a stellar cast for the first international production of the classical Disney musical. Leading the cast as Ariel is Rachelle Ann Go. She appears on GMA 7’s Party Pilipinas and is managed by Viva Entertainment.

Erik Santos will make his professional musical theater stage debut as Prince in The Little Mermaid. He is a mainstay of ASAP Rocks.
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