My friend Nanette and I recently spent a delightful evening among hundreds of well-dressed, excited little girls and their parents at the Denver Center for Performing Arts, where we saw the Broadway rendition of the Disney movie, "The Little Mermaid." I didn't know what to expect from Disney on stage. Frankly, I expected some fun music and a lot of cheese. Instead, we were both pleasantly surprised by a fantastic show full of gorgeous, operetic singing voices, vibrant and often funny songs, and colorful, unique, and exhuberant costumes.
The lead character, Ariel, played by 25-year-old Colorado native, Sierra Boggess, successfully portrayed the innocence and impetuousness of the rebellious mermaid teen, and Prince Eric, played by Sean Palmer, actually sang quite wonderfully on stage (he doesn't sing in the movie). Our favorite character by far, however, was the ultra-bad Queen Ursula, played by Sherie Rene Scott. Her voice reverberated through the theater as powerfully as her outrageous, giant, purple octopus costume dominated the stage, and what a voice it was! It rolled across the audience like a tsunami, devastating, impressive, and evilly heart rending.
We really enjoyed the show. It was on par with our favorites: "Dracula," the ballet, and "Wicked," the musical.
1 year ago