My daughter Bea’s fascination with The Little Mermaid started from the crib — as early as when she was around 6 months old — and up to now, Ariel is still her number one favorite Disney Princess. I wonder if there is a connection between the fact that she has adored Ariel since she was a baby and the fact that she and Ariel share many similar characteristics: bubbly, playful, naughty, headstrong, stubborn, adventurous.
Yesterday, November 19th, we watched our third stage musical for this year: Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” brought to us by Atlantis Productions. It’s the Broadway adaptation of Disney’s animated classic.
From the production design to the costumes, special effects and performances, “The Little Mermaid” is a winner many times over. My favorite scene was “Under the Sea” — it’s a visual feast as well as a musical treat! I couldn’t take my eyes off the stage for one second.The stellar cast includes Calvin Millado (as King Triton), Erik Santos (as Prince Eric), and veteran stage performer Jinky Llamanzares (as the evil sea witch, Ursula). Recording star and TV personality Rachelle Ann Go makes her musical theater debut by playing the title role. After watching the show, I have a brand-new respect for and appreciation of Rachelle Ann Go‘s talents. She didn’t break character the entire time. Her beautiful singing voice gave me the goosebumps not just once, not twice, but three times! The producers couldn’t have picked someone better; she was just perfect for the role of Ariel. I would also like to make special mention of Llamanzares‘ outstanding portrayal of Ursula. Her powerful voice boomed all throughout the theater like a roaring thunder. I believe she got the loudest cheers and applause from the enthusiastic audience at curtain call.
At the end of the show, my daughter asked me which musical is better for me: “The Sound of Music” or “The Little Mermaid”? I told her I can’t choose one over the other. They’re equally good and definitely worth watching. The latter is special because it made me feel like a child all over again. This season, treat yourself and your kids to this special, once-in-a-lifetime musical experience!