Set under and above the high seas, The Little Mermaid tells the story of Ariel, an adventurous young mermaid who’s got a thing for disobeying the rules and following her heart. Ariel’s fascination with the human world often leads her to the sea surface, a zone that’s designated as “off-limits” by her father Triton, the sea king. One day while sneaking to the surface, Ariel witnesses a shipwreck and rescues Prince Eric, with whom she become instantly smitten. Furious at Triton’s inability to understand her love for the prince, Ariel runs away and strikes a deal with Ursula, Triton’s evil witch of a sister, to experience the life she dreams of on land.
I'd see it again in a heartbeat! Visually ingenious and emotionally satisfying. Forget the kids: I oohed and aahed like a six-year-old. A musical that does justice to the lovely film from which it sprang.Review by Terry Teachout from The Wall Street Journal
One of the most ravishing shows I have ever seen on a Broadway stage. More than just a visual feast. Combines story, song and inventive staging into something that lifts our spirits and renews our faith that theater for 'children' can be enjoyed by everyone.Review by Richard Zoglin from Time Magazine
What Is The Little Mermaid Like?
Based on the classic Disney animated feature, The Little Mermaid is a big-budget extravaganza featuring bright, high-tech sets and dazzling costumes. The scenery alternates between the ocean surface and down “Under the Sea,” as the popular song goes. As with any Disney show, the production values are way above average. An old-fashioned romantic adventure, the show compliments all the songs you remember from the movie with new ones written by Oscar-winning Disney tunesmith Alan Menken. Those with edgier tastes may disapprove, but The Little Mermaid is top-notch family fare.
Is The Little Mermaid Good for Kids?
Did Nemo have a funny-lookin’ flipper? By all means, this show is tailor-made for the kids! Even the young-young ones won’t be scared by that mean ol’ Miss Ursula, whose lair is accented with plenty of color and tricky stage effects. The last thing your kids will want to do is close their eyes. Adults may get fidgety toward the end, but kids won’t want to leave the theater.