Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s
most beloved stories and the classic animated film.
The Little Mermaid Reviews
The undisputed gem in this jewel-encrusted crown is Katharine McDonough as Ariel. She makes a sturdy but lithe mermaid, a young woman who knows her mind but who at least tries not to step on others to reach her goals. But McDonough’s voice is the gift here — a phenomenal instrument in its sound and expressiveness.
Under the sea is the place to be this weekend and next as Musical Theatre West delights audiences of all ages with a swimmingly performed, gorgeous-to-look-at Disney The Little Mermaid.
A magical example of stage craft for young and old, this enchanting new local production directed by Danny Pelzig is purposely designed to be a treat for all senses, filled with vivid visuals and dazzling production values that offer audiences a slightly refreshed (and expanded) theatrical take on a beloved, quite sacred piece of cinema.
The cast is solid and gives an exactingly-rendered, specifically Disneyesque fairytale performance. Katherine McDonough’s pragmatically rendered and charming Ariel gives the character a fresh strength. David Burnam’s Prince Eric is winsome and very much in need of rescue. Burnam’s rendering of ``Her Voice`` leaves you longing for Ariel to sweep him off his feet.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid, at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center through July 28, is everything you’d expect if you’ve seen the 1989 animated film. But Musical Theatre West’s very magical production brings the story to life in a visually stunning way, with watery set designs and colorful costumes, as well as excellent singing by the energetic cast.