Behind the Scenes of Disney’s The Little Mermaid

We couldn’t be more excited for Disney’s The Little Mermaid at The 5th Avenue Theatre! Check out some of these behind-the-scenes shots from the cast of the show!

Special thanks to members of the cast for their peek behind-the-scenes. Follow them on Instagram!

Diana Huey
Matthew Kacergis
Brenna Wagner
Momoko Sugai
Brandon Roach

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Ashman and Menken: Disney’s Renaissance Men

By ALBERT EVANS, Artistic and Education Associate

Fairy tales might seem like effortless magic—all you need is a storyteller and an audience—but bringing the magic to life on stage and screen requires the combined efforts of a small army of artists and craftspeople.

Look at the credits of a Disney animated classic like The Little Mermaid and you’ll see the names of hundreds of folks who labor, sometimes for years, to create all of the elements of a fantasy world.

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More Than a Fairy Tale: An Interview with Diana Huey, Matthew Kacergis and Glenn Casale

By KWAPI VENGESAYI, Community Engagement Specialist

Disney’s The Little Mermaid has enthralled international audiences across generations and cultures. Its score is enchanting and visuals captivating, but it’s more than just a fairy tale about a beautiful princess who falls in love with a dashing prince. In an interview with Director Glenn Casale and actors Diana Huey and Matthew Kacergis, we discuss this beloved story and our own spectacular production.

WHAT DREW YOU TO DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID?

blog_qa_dianaDIANA HUEY (DH): Singing “Part of Your World” as a child is one of my earliest memories. I vividly remember knowing every word and mimicking each intonation while daydreaming that I was a beautiful mermaid princess. The opportunity to live out one of my childhood dreams is incredible!

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Principal Casting for Disney’s The Little Mermaid Announced!

Disney’s The Little Mermaid comes to life this holiday season at The 5th Avenue Theatre. The dazzling new production marks the Northwest Premiere of the Disney classic!

Playing: November 23-December 31, 2016 

This holiday season, audiences will journey “Under the Sea” for a spectacular new production and Northwest Premiere of the Broadway musical, Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Headstrong Ariel is no longer content to live on the ocean floor under the rule of her father, King Triton. Convinced she’ll only find happiness on land, she sets off to find a world where she belongs, battling a cruel sea witch and finding true love along the way. Adults and children alike will revel in the Academy Award®-winning hits by the legendary songwriting team of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, including “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” This unforgettable production will feature dazzling costumes, a stunning pop-up book inspired set and visual effects that are pure magic.

This delightful production stars Seattle’s own Diana Huey as Ariel and Matthew Kacergis as Prince Eric, with Broadway’s Jennifer Allen as Ursula and Steven Blanchard as King Triton. The 5th Avenue’s production will also be performed in cities including Orlando, Cincinnati, Atlanta and Louisville, among others.

Previews Begin: November 23, 2016 Opening Night: Thursday, December 1, 2016 (press night).

Closing Performance: Saturday, December 31, 2016 Performance times vary.

Please visit http://www.5thavenue.org or call the Box Office at (206) 625-1900 for tickets (starting at $36).

Special thanks to The 5th Avenue Theatre 2016/17 season sponsors ArtsFund, U.S. Bank and Alaska Airlines. Additional thanks to contributing sponsor Macy’s, media sponsor The Seattle Times, and the production’s restaurant sponsor, Il Fornaio.

Photo courtesy of Theatre Under The Stars cast of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Photo by Bruce Bennett.

Meet the Director: Glenn Casale – Disney’s The Little Mermaid

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Kim Huber, Glenn Casale, and Adrienne Barbeau. Opening Night of Billy Elliott at La Mirada Theatre. Photo from Broadwayworld.com

Glenn Casale will be directing our holiday production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Though this is Glenn’s first time at The 5th, he has quite a history with The Little Mermaid. After the show was less successful than hoped on Broadway, Glenn got his hands on it and reinvented the show to bring you the version you’ll be seeing this holiday season. (Check out this HuffPo article about the process.)

Is this your first time working with The 5th?
This is my first time. However, I have been with the Peter Pan tour through Seattle a couple of times.

What has been your favorite directorial experience?
I think it has to be doing Beauty and the Beast in Paris. It is a French story and the first time it was produced professionally in France.

Why this show? What is intriguing or interesting about it to you?
I had the opportunity to rework The Little Mermaid four years ago at Paper Mill. The creators added new material and changed the book. Now it is not about a girl looking for a prince; now it is about a young woman who is different and wants to find out who she is.

Dream show to direct?
I would love to do Light in the Piazza.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I would love to live in Amsterdam. I love the people, atmosphere and lifestyle.


Join us “under the sea” this holiday season! Tickets for Disney’s The Little Mermaid are swimming away incredibly fast, so buy yours early so you don’t miss out. The show runs November 23-December 31, with a matinee recently added on Christmas Eve due to demand! Click here to find out more and to purchase tickets.

Tony Award Nominees and Winners in Our 2016/17 Season

Our 2016/17 Season is full of Tony nominees and winners. Take a look at the nominations and wins for each of the shows. (Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion is a brand new musical so it hasn’t been nominated or won any awards…yet!)

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Announcing Our 2016/17 Season!

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Man of La Mancha

Not Seen on Our Stage in 20 Years!
October 7 – 30, 2016

Book by: Dale Wasserman
Music by: Mitch Leigh
Lyrics by: Joe Darion
Directed by: Allison Narver

One of the most epic and enduring musicals of all time, Man of La Mancha is a glorious affirmation of the unyielding resilience of the human spirit that will leave you breathless.

Inspired by one of the greatest novels in Western literature, Man of La Mancha enters the mind and world of the mad knight Don Quixote as he pursues his quest for the impossible dream. In a tale told by Cervantes himself in defense of his life’s work, Quixote is, against all odds, a man who sees good and innocence in a world filled with darkness and despair.

Featuring stirring classic songs including “The Impossible Dream,” Man of La Mancha is a multi-Tony Award®-winning theatrical masterpiece that blurs the line between dreams and reality in a powerful celebration of the imagination.

 

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Disney’s Classic Brought to Life
November 23 – December 31

Music by: Alan Menken
Lyrics by: Doug Wright
Directed by: Glenn Casale

This holiday season, join us “Under the Sea” at The 5th Avenue Theatre for this spectacular production of the Broadway musical, Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Headstrong Ariel is no longer content to live on the ocean floor under her father, King Triton’s, rule. Convinced she’ll only find happiness on land, she sets off to find a world where she belongs, battling a sea witch and finding true love along the way.

Adults and children alike will revel in the Academy Award®-winning hits by the legendary Alan Menken including “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” This spectacular new production will feature dazzling costumes, a stunning pop-up book inspired set and visual effects that are pure magic. So trade in your fleece for flippers this winter and make Disney’s The Little Mermaid part of your world.

 

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The Pajama Game

First Time at The 5th!
February 9 – March 5, 2017

Music & lyrics by: Richard Adler & Jerry Ross
Book by: George Abbott & Richard Bissell
Based on the novel 7 ½ cents by: Richard Bissell
Directed by: Bill Berry

Things are getting steamy at the Sleep Tite Pajama factory where handsome new superintendent Sid Sorokin is falling hard for Babe Williams, the all-too-alluring union rep. But sparks really fly when the workers go on strike for a 7½-cent pay raise, setting off not only a conflict between management and labor, but a battle of the sexes as well.

The show that defined Fosse style with seductive dance numbers such as “Steam Heat” and “Hernando’s Hideaway,” this critically acclaimed musical won three Tony Awards® including Best Choreography and Best Musical. The swinging score includes the timeless hits “Hey There (You with The Stars in Your Eyes)” and “There Once Was a Man” performed by a sensational Seattle cast. Don’t miss The Pajama Game done as only The 5th can do it.

 

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Murder for Two

Northwest Premiere!
A Co-Production with ACT – A Contemporary Theatre
March 25 – June 4, 2017

Book by: Joe Kinosian & Kellen Blair
Lyrics by: Kellen Blair
Music by: Joe Kinosian

Get ready for a musical comedy to die for!

Everyone is a suspect in Murder for Two—a drop-dead funny murder mystery musical with a twist: One actor investigates the crime; the other plays all the suspects—and they both play the piano! A zany blend of classic musical comedy and madcap mystery, this ninety-minute whodunit is a highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs. Called “Ingenious” by The New York Times, Murder for Two is the perfect blend of murder, music and mayhem!

 

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The Secret Garden

A Co-Production with D.C.’s The Shakespeare Theatre Company
April 14 – May 6, 2017

Book & lyrics by: Marsha Norman
Music by: Lucy Simon
Directed by: David Armstrong
Based on the novel by: Frances Hodgson Burnett

Welcome to the hauntingly beautiful world of The Secret Garden, where hope is found blooming in the discovery of a magical garden long locked-away. Based on the beloved novel, The Secret Garden follows recently orphaned ten year old Mary Lennox, who is sent to live with her reclusive uncle in a crumbling mansion on the Yorkshire moors. When she discovers the key to a neglected garden, Mary renews life for herself and her sickly cousin, bringing the weary estate and its occupants back to exuberant life with the full force of spring.

With book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman and music by Lucy Simon, this captivating show will mesmerize audiences of all ages and transport you to a world where beauty and love blossom, and a forgotten seed of life can still flourish.

 

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Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion

World Premiere!
June 8 – July 2, 2017

Music & lyrics by: Gwendolyn Sanford & Brandon Jay
Book by: Robin Schiff
Directed by: Kristin Hanggi
Choreographed by: Kelly Devine

Two of the quirkiest and most endearing best friends in pop culture will make their musical theater debut at The 5th Avenue Theatre this season. Join us at the world premiere of the totally awesome new musical, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, based on the 1997 cult hit film. Romy and Michele are two inseparable best friends whose relationship is put to the test when they invent fake careers to impress people at their 10-year high school reunion.

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion features a creative team including Rock of Ages’ Kristin Hanggi and Kelly Devine, as well as a book by the film’s screenwriter, Robin Schiff. With an all new ‘80s and ‘90s pop-rock-inspired score, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion is totally, like, the coolest thing since the invention of Post-its®.

 

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Fun Home

2015 Tony Award® Winner
July 11 – 30, 2017

Music by: Jeanine Tesori
Book & lyrics by: Lisa Kron
Based on the graphic novel by: Alison Bechdel
Directed by: Sam Gold

Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. The “groundbreaking,” “life-affirming” and “exquisite” new musical Fun Home was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL and making history along the way. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes, “Fun Home is extraordinary, a rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway.” (New York Times).

You can get seven shows for the price of 6, and FREE parking, if you subscribe to our full season! We also have special subscription prices for those under 35. For more information, and to subscribe to our 2016/17 Season, click here.