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Disney’s The Little Mermaid comes to Austin

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Disney's Little Mermaid

We had the pleasure of seeing Disney’s The Little Mermaid last night at Bass Concert Hall. It is part of the Broadway in Austin series. You must buy tickets! Better yet take your friends too, especially if you loved the original story.

 

King Triton

I was curious how they would portray so much of the musical under water. The sets never disappoint with the Broadway in Austin series. You really did feel like you were under the water! Blues and greens were used heavily as you might expect. And instead of making the water move, the cast moved in a way to make you feel like you were floating. The costumes though took the prize. The pageantry of colors felt like you really were seeing under the sea with the bright colors of all the fish. Having seen various versions of The Little Mermaid, I expected more puppetry but to my pleasant surprise there was very little. The one thing that really was surprising though with the costumes was the use of skateboards! Flounder and the evil eels Flotsum and Jetsam all three incorporated skateboards into their costumes and movement. Brilliant!

Ursula and the Eels

Prince Eric and Ariel

 

Anyone reading this blog knows the story of The Little Mermaid. One of the parts that I really thought the actors nailed was the chemistry between Ariel and Prince Eric. It definitely grew as time passed. Don’t worry it was all G rated though for those little ones who are in the audience.

 

 

 

Sebastian and Ariel

My favorites of the musical were Ariel and Sebastian. Both were as true to the original story as you could have hoped for. They had great personality on stage. Ariel’s voice was expected to be beautiful but it was strong and captivating as well. Sebastian’s facial expressions made his part. I also enjoyed Ursula. She was hysterical and really captured the humor of the sea witch along with the meanness.

 

 

 

Flounder

The crowd favorites were Flounder and Chef Louis. Flounder, the dear soul, really did an incredible job. He constantly moved just like the Flounder in the movie! So much so, it made this motion sick person a little quesy watching him. In this version, Flounder also had a crush on Ariel. I don’t recall that part in the story or movie or any other version I’ve seen so I am not sure if that was subtle and I didn’t catch it or if this was just a tweak for this production. It felt a little wrong to me though! Not creepy wrong just off. Chef Louis was a riot! I laughed so hard I had tears in the scene with Sebastian and Chef Louis in the dining room. That was serious talent to pull off those shenanigans!

Chef Louis

And a musical wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the most important part of the production, the Orchestra. People were moving in their seats. Some(unfortunately) even tried to sing along. Please don’t do that for the sake of all around you! The orchestra though was just beautiful.

We saw this production as a date night. This would make a great date night this weekend but also a wonderful girl’s night out. It is kid friendly but there were a few parts that would be scary for the 6 and under range, especially Ursula! Tickets are still available. Don’t wait though because I expect it will sell out. Last night was a packed house!

 

The Little Mermaid Program

BASS CONCERT HALL ENGAGEMENT RUNS

September 29 – October 4, 2015

 

 

WHO:           Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts

 

WHAT:         Premiere of The Little Mermaid

 

WHEN:         September 29 – October 4, 2015

Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m & 8 p.m.; Sunday at

1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

 

WHERE:       Bass Concert Hall / 2350 Robert Dedman Drive / Austin, TX

 

TICKETS:    Start at $35. Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, the Bass Concert Hall box office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060. For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email Austin.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com.

*All Photos other than the program photo are courtesy of Broadway in Austin and subject to copyright laws.

 

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Annie at Bass Concert Hall

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Annie openingOnce again, Broadway Across America brings an incredible performance to Austin with Annie at Bass Concert Hall. If you haven’t purchased your tickets to see Annie this week, stop reading and go buy them now. The show runs April 21-26th, 2015. I would definitely say it is appropriate for all ages but the evening performances are a bit late for the under 7 crowd. I had the pleasure of going with a friend on opening night last night. Obviously any little girl in the 80s knows the songs and the story line. And likely any little girl in present day does as well thanks to the remakes of the movies.

orphans

A few things really stood out to me. All of the child actresses were unbelievably talented. When you think about how young they really are, it blows your mind. They attend class, rehearse, and perform almost every night of the week. These kids are on the road traveling for weeks at a time. They all brought a level of energy and talent to the performance that really made the performance.

Lilly Mae

 

I know I am supposed to say my favorite was Issie Swickle who played Annie. Don’t   get me wrong she did a fabulous job at her role. But she was upstaged a bit by the adorableness of Lilly Mae Stewart who played Molly. Molly was the cute little curly haired girl in the performance.  She was so charismatic and every time she was on stage the audience was in love with her. If you are curious to read more about her, here  is a great article. Annie was her national debut. I have no doubt that she is going to do  incredible things in her career.

 

I don’t want to diminish Issie Swickle’s performance by any means. I do think her acting was far superior to her singing abilities but I am not an expert when it comes to music. Here is a clip for you to hear yourself that was shared by Bass today.

Issie Swickle as Annie in the #BroadwayinAustin production of Annie Bass Concert Hall through Sunday. http://austin.broadway.com/buzz/180481/a-new-deal-for-austin-national-tour-of-annie-begins-performances/

Posted by Mix 94.7 on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

 

Annie the Musical

 

 

I didn’t realize Sandy would actually be a key role as well. There were two dogs that played Sandy and I am not quite sure which one we saw or if both were on stage. It is official though, our Daisy Belle dog doesn’t have what it takes to be a doggie star. If awards are given, these dogs deserve all the doggie treats!

Miss. Hannigan was played by Lynn Andrews. She was made for that part. I wanted to keep picturing Carol Burnett but couldn’t because Lynn was so convincing!

 

The last part of the production that I feel was one of the best of the season was the set production. Not a single detail was spared. There were a lot of set changes and they were completely seamless. The New York City backdrops were actually flat but you would have never known because they created the illusion of dimension. As you all know by now I compare a lot of things to Disney and the set design was one that I thought was on par with the imagination you would find at a Disney performance.

Any little girl, grown or just one at heart,  would love this performance. I think it would make a great mother/daughter outing and of course a girl’s night out! Go see for yourself. You will leave smiling and quite possibly singing!

Annie the Musical

*This review was of my own opinion. I did receive complimentary tickets to provide an honest review for the show.

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“Everybody understands love. Everybody understands family.” Beauty and the Beast comes to Austin!

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Friends, you already know that Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie brought to life. I absolutely adore the message in it and the kind of princess that Belle represents. You can imagine my glee over Broadway Across America bringing the musical, Beauty and the Beast, to Austin then! The performance runs October 7-12, 2014 at Bass Concert Hall. I have had the pleasure of seeing Beauty and the Beast on Broadway. It remains the best performance of all time that I have seen live.

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In case you haven’t been indoctrinated into all things magical, the musical is based on fairytale of     Beauty and the Beast. The Beast is actually a prince that has had a spell cast upon him. He will remain a Beast unless he can learn to love and be loved. His castle is full of servants who have been transformed into household objects, my personal favorite is Lumiere, the lively candlestick holder.

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Belle softens his heart and a friendship emerges. If you haven’t seen the famous Disney movie from the early 90s or read the story, I won’t ruin the outcome for you. Belle is a great daughter and loves her father as much as she loves her books. This makes her so different than a lot of the Disney princesses. There’s naturally a villian, Gaston who wants to marry Belle.

 

 

 

The imagery and costumes made the production on Broadway. I am looking forward to seeing how they have updated these for this production. Here’s a sneak peak video from behind the scenes for you. It is mentioned that they added a few completely new choreographed numbers to the show. There will be some of the favorite songs from the movie as well incorporated into the production.

The show, directed by Rob Roth, stars Jillian Butterfield as Belle, Ryan Everett Wood as the Beast, Cameron Bond as Gaston, Patrick Pevehouse as Lumiere, Emily Jewell as Mrs. Potts and Samuel Shurtleff as Cogsworth.

I have yet to see anything less than an incredible performance at Bass by Broadway Across America.  Best part of this particular show is that it is intended to be a show for all ages! There are several weekend day time performances for your early to bed children. And for those of you with older children or children who have later bed times the week day performances have incredible seats available! I am eager to share this performance with my children. The Beauty and the Beast portion was their favorite from Disney On Ice and meeting Belle is always a must do on our trips to Disney!

Beauty and the Beast opens at Bass October 7 and runs through October 12. You can purchase your tickets here.

Go ahead and also mark your calendars for production of Annie, April 21-26th which will surely be a family favorite for you as well!

Be sure to share with me what your favorite part of the production is as I will be doing a recap next week after we see the show live and I would love to include your thoughts! And don’t mind me while I continue to sing “Certain as the sun, rising in the east, tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme, Beauty and the Beast. Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme, Beauty and the Beast.

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*All photography is courtesy of Broadway Across America and all rights are reserved.

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