REVIEW: ‘Little Mermaid’ See-Worthy Musical

by Joy Donovan on February 27, 2014

Ariel finds Prince Eric, just what this mermaid was searching for.

Ariel finds Prince Eric, just what this mermaid was searching for.

Borrowing a six-year-old girl isn’t necessary to enjoy “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” the current Dallas Summer Musicals (dallassummermusicals.org) in Dallas. Even a jaded, seen-it-all adult will enjoy this family-friendly show, staged through Sunday at the Music Hall at Fair Park. The costumes are so lavish, the sets so imaginative, the lighting so dramatic that adults and their children will delight in this sea fantasy featuring Alan Menken’s music. The popular Disney animated film is transported to stage in an undulating incarnation of bubbles, fish, sea gulls, sailors and, of course, mermaids. Those who loved the movie won’t be disappointed. Chelsea Morgan Stock handles the title role well, combining girlish wonder with a beautiful voice and rendering a sweet, near perfect version of ”Part of Your World.” Tap dancing sea gull, Scuttle, played by Matt Allen, highlights Act II with his comical malapropisms, and Liz McCartney steals the spotlight with her rendition of Ursula the sea witch and the movie’s well-remembered song “Poor Unfortunate Souls.” The true stars of the show are the lovely costumes designed by Amy Clark and Mark Koss, the amazing sets by Kenneth Foy and the innovative lighting. All together it makes the production numbers entertaining and fun. “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” a version of a Broadway show now revised by Dallas Summer Musicals, is a bubble of a musical. Only a poor, unfortunate soul would miss it.

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