Disney Walks on Water
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Colorblind casting has become commonplace, but The Little Mermaid also uses a refreshing variety of body types. When you bring a star-struck young girl to the theater, it's nice for her to see realistic bodies onstage.
The staging has unusual demands — half the action is supposed to take place underwater. The director, Francesa Zambello, choreographer Stephen Mear and scenic designer, Geroge Tsypin, have done an inspired job, with 'mer-people' gliding on Heelys and managing to dance gracefully. The scenery colorfully captures the underwater scenes, and Disney magic conveys the action of falling underwater and swimming up to the surface.
The show is recommended for ages 6 and up. On the day I saw it, there were many younger audience members, some of whom cried during the storm and witch scenes. But many boys were in evidence; Ariel's friend, Flounder, is portrayed by a rotating cast of young boys. The show is not just for young princesses.
Where: Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 West 46th Street
When: Tuesday-Saturday, 8pm, Wednesday and Saturday, 2pm matinees, Sunday, 3pm
How much: $51.50-$121.50
For more info: www.disneyonbroadway.com