Disney’s The Little Mermaid
June 20 – 29
PART OF YOUR WORLD
Go “under the sea” in Disney’s classic musical fantasy The Little Mermaid. One of the most popular animated films in history is now a splendid and magical Broadway musical. Headstrong Princess Ariel dreams of a life on land far from her ocean home, and she’s willing to risk her Father’s love and wrath to find it. Featuring Academy-Award winning hits like “Part of Your World,” “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl,” this spectacular Muny production will leave your entire family happy as a clam.
Run Time: 2:20 including intermission (estimate)
Performances start at 8:15 p.m.
The Little Mermaid is geared toward children and appropriate for all ages. Scenes involving Ursula and her “magic” may be scary for young children, but this is also true of the popular Disney movie. It features Academy Award-winning songs “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World,” along with many new tunes written for the stage version.
In adapting the film into a live stage musical, several significant changes were made. The storm at sea is simplified, and Eric merely falls overboard. His sheepdog, Max, is not included.
Ursula’s nautilus shell embodies her power and she uses the shell to spy on Ariel, while in the film she used Flotsam and Jetsam for that purpose. Ursula’s alter ego, Vanessa, is not included, which omits Ursula’s scheme of Eric’s brainwashing. At the ball, a singing contest is held to win Eric’s heart. In the musical, Ariel defeats Ursula by destroying the nautilus shell.
The word hell is used once.
The musical contains the same dramatic scenes with the villain, Ursula, as the Disney movie.
Prince Eric makes one reference to drinking alcohol.
|Ticket Prices||Season*||Single||Season Savings|
|Center Boxes (C-6)||$637||$95||4%|
|Side Boxes (7-10)||$581||$90||8%|
|Terrace A (A-M)||$448||$74||14%|
|Terrace A (N-Y)||$329||$58||19%|
|Terrace B (A-M)||$231||$44||25%|
|Terrace B (N-Y)||$112||$31||48%|
|* Season Ticket prices include $7 service fee.|
EMMA DEGERSTEDT (Ariel)
is a Swedish-American actress who began her career in Los Angeles. She spent her teenage years playing Maris Bingham on Nickelodeon’s teen sitcom Unfabulous and originated the role of Kendra in Jason Robert Brown’s musical 13, for which she received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award. She was later nominated for LA’s Ovation Award for her portrayal of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, which she has performed in six productions across the country. While completing her bachelor’s degree at UCLA, she starred in shows at the Pasadena Playhouse as well as Tuacahn Amphitheatre. TV/Film: The Big Bang Theory, Hannah Montana, Life, Samantha Who and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Other theater work: The Little Mermaid, Legally Blonde, Footloose, Xanadu, A Chorus Line and Sleeping Beauty.
JASON GOTAY (Prince Eric)
is an actor and teaching artist born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Broadway: Bring It On The Musical (Randall, original Broadway and touring companies), Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (Peter Parker/Spider-Man). TV: Peter Pan Live! (Tootles/Lost Boy). Regional: Freaky Friday (Adam, world premiere) at the Signature Theatre, A Bronx Tale (Calogero, world premiere) at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Into the Woods (Jack), Mamma Mia! (Sky) at The Muny, among others.
EMILY SKINNER (Ursula)
Broadway: Side Show (Tony nomination, Drama League Award), Jekyll & Hyde, The Full Monty, James Joyce’s The Dead, Dinner at Eight (Outer Critics Circle nomination), Billy Elliot (BroadwayWorld Award). National tours: Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, Billy Elliot, Disney’s On The Record. Off-Broadway: Picnic (Transport Group), My Life With Albertine (Playwrights Horizons), Jerry Springer: The Opera (Carnegie Hall), Fiorello!; No Strings, Pardon My English, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (all for NY City Center Encores!). Also originated roles at Roundabout Theatre Company, York Theatre, WPA Theatre, Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Regional: multiple roles at The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Ford’s Theatre, Virginia Rep, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, American Conservatory Theater, Long Wharf, Old Globe, Goodspeed, Bucks County Playhouse, The Muny and many others. She has sung with symphonies internationally and her numerous CD recordings may be found at iTunes and Amazon.com. www.emily-skinner.com
JERRY DIXON (King Triton)
has starred on Broadway and off-Broadway in the original casts of If/Then (Stephen), Once on This Island (Daniel), Five Guys Named Moe (Nomax), Bright Lights, Big City (Tad) and Tick, Tick… Boom! (Michael). Recent world premieres: Steve (New Group), Poster Boy (Williamstown Theatre Festival). TV/Film: Gotham, He’s With Me, Everwood, Law & Order, The Peacemaker. Regional: Playwrights Horizons, Yale Rep, Manhattan Theatre Club, Bucks County Playhouse, Ford’s Theatre. Symphonic Soloist: Belgian National, Singapore, Taiwan, Kalamazoo. World premiere stage direction: A Proper Place, Barnstormer, Take Me America and Great Wall. Regional theater direction: Show Boat, Bernarda Alba, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Funked Up Fairy Tales and The Full Monty. Writing: Laugh Whore, The View, USO, CBS, VH1 and Comedy Central.
JAMES T. LANE (Sebastian)
West End: The Scottsboro Boys (Ozie/Ruby, Young Vic), A Chorus Line (Richie). Broadway: The Scottsboro Boys, Chicago and A Chorus Line. National tours: Jersey Boys (Barry Belson), Cinderella, Fame the Musical (Tyrone Jackson). Regional: Kiss Me, Kate (Paul, Old Globe), Once on This Island (Papa Ge, Olney Theatre), The Wiz (Scarecrow, Dallas Theater Center). Concerts: NY Pops at Carnegie Hall, Ottawa Symphony, Naples Symphony, Cleveland Symphony and Baltimore Symphony. Follow @JamesTLanes on Twitter.
JEFFREY SCHECTER (Scuttle)
is thrilled to be making his Muny debut. He is probably best known for portraying Mike Costa in the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line. Other Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town, Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls, The People in the Picture and Anything Goes. TV/Film: The Good Fight, BrainDead, Elementary, Boardwalk Empire, EDtv, and his own projects (writer & star) Farm Girl in NY and Tyco Parks the Car. In his spare time (HA!), Jeff is a father of two, husband to one and the artistic director and owner of I Can Do That NYC: Dance & Theatre classes for all ages! @sheckysheck www.icandothatnyc.com
SPENCER JONES (Flounder)
is excited to join this amazing cast and production. His past Muny experience includes The King & I, South Pacific (Jerome), Tarzan (Young Tarzan), Shrek, Spamalot, Seussical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Chip), The Wizard of Oz and The Music Man. Thanks to Mike and Megan for this opportunity!
WILL PORTER (Jetsam)
is thrilled to make his Muny debut! Co-produced, adapted and performed in Broadway Sings The Muppet Christmas Carol staring Judy Gold at NJPAC and 54 Below with ‘Flotsam,’ Kevin Zak. Tours: Cats (Mungojerrie), A Chorus Line (Tokyo). Regional: Mary Poppins (Valentine), Shrek The Musical (Pinocchio, North Shore Music Theatre), How To Succeed… (Theatre Under the Stars), Spamalot (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera), Cats (Mungojerrie, PCLO, NC Theatre, Merry-Go-Round, Gateway). Muhlenberg College grad. Visit: www.will-porter.com
FRANK VLASTNIK (Chef Louis/Pilot)
Broadway: A Year with Frog and Toad (Snail), Sweet Smell of Success, Big. Off-Broadway: Sondheim’s Saturday Night, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Regional: A Wonderful Life (Goodspeed), Room Service (Westport Country Playhouse, 2014 CT Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play), Delaware Theatre Co., La Jolla Playhouse, All About Us (WCP), McCarter Theatre, Yale Repertory, Muny. TV: Elementary, Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife, Person of Interest, Law & Order. Co-author of Broadway Musicals and Sitcoms, both published by Hachette. Graduate Illinois Wesleyan University. Thank you, MMD!
RICHARD B. WATSON (Grimsby)
was recently Sumner in the first national tour of Cheers Live On Stage and Peter Tchaikovsky in Mozart In The Jungle. John Adams (1776, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival); Henry Higgins (My Fair Lady, Sacramento Music Circus); Zach (A Chorus Line) and Applegate (Damn Yankees) for Merry-Go-Round; Long John Silver (Treasure Island, The Musical, Arkansas Repertory Theatre); George (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), American Stage); Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes & the West End Horror), Asolo Repertory Theatre and Pioneer Theatre Company); James Lawson (Race), Squeers/Hawk (The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby), and C.P. Ellis (The Best of Enemies) for Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Film/TV: P.S., I Love You; Law & Order: CI; Delocated; Onion Sports Network. MFA, Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University.
KEVIN ZAK (Flotsam)
Off-Broadway: Clinton the Musical (Ken Starr, Lortel nomination), Silence! The Musical (Buffalo Bill). NYC workshops: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Intermission!; Citizen Ruth, Let the Good Times Roll, Pete the Cat. Other credits: 30th Anniversary tour of Cats, Mamma Mia! at The Muny, First Date, Chicago, Life Could Be a Dream. @Kevinjzak
Matthew Aaron Liotine
Alex Hayden Miller
Kenneth Michael Murray
Commodore C. Primous III
Brion Marquis Watson
MARCIA MILGROM DODGE (Director)
Her celebrated work on revivals, new musicals & plays has been seen throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, South Korea, Denmark and the Middle East. The Muny: Young Frankenstein, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story and The Addams Family. Broadway: The acclaimed Kennedy Center production of Ragtime (2010 Tony Award nomination and the Helen Hayes Award). New York/Tours: Curious George & Seussical (TheatreworksUSA), Ragtime (Phoenix Ent.), Cookin’ (Minetta Lane), Venus Flytrap (Active Theater), Radio Gals (Houseman), Maltby & Shire’s Closer Than Ever (original production) and William Finn’s Romance In Hard Times (The Public). Regional: Drury Lane, Pioneer Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Center Stage, St. Louis Rep, Denver Center, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Glimmerglass Festival, Bay Street Theatre, Music Circus, Goodman Theatre, Lyric Stage, Goodspeed, Huntington Theatre and Arena Stage. Abroad: The Nanta Theatre (Seoul, S. Korea); Fredericia Teater (Denmark); Royal Opera House (Muskat, Oman) and the Wintergardens Theatre (Blackpool, England). Dodge’s work has won the Carbonell, Los Angeles Drama Critics, Backstage Garland, Dora Mavor, Outer Critics Circle and Daytime Emmy Awards and she has been nominated for the Astaire, Drama Desk, Drama League, Barrymore, Helen Hayes, Lortel and Edgar Awards. She is also a teacher, a wife, a mother, a proud executive board member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society and a published and produced playwright. For more, visit: www.marciamilgromdodge.com
JOSH WALDEN (Choreographer)
Returns to The Muny after choreographing The Buddy Holly Story in 2015. Directed/choreographed The Rocky Horror Show for The University of Buffalo, Legally Blonde for Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, A Chorus Line for Maltz Jupiter Theatre and Theatre Memphis, and the rock opera Fallen Angel in the New York International Fringe Festival. He has also choreographed for Signature Theatre, Sacramento Music Circus, DOONCE Productions, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Gateway Playhouse and Morag Productions for the Seabourn Sun Cruise Ship. On Broadway, Josh was the associate director/associate choreographer for the rival of Ragtime. As a performer, he has been in Broadway revivals of 42nd Street, La Cage aux Folles, A Chorus Line and Ragtime.
CHARLIE ALTERMAN (Musical Director)
returns to The Muny where he served as music director for the productions of Young Frankenstein (2016), Hairspray (2015), Chicago (2012) and Legally Blonde (2011). Broadway music director credits include Pippin, Godspell, Next to Normal, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me (music director/actor) and Legally Blonde (associate conductor). Tours: Next to Normal (music supervisor) and Grease (US/Asia). Off-Broadway favorites: Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver and Silence!: The Musical. Regional includes: The Old Globe, TUTS, La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage, Trinity Rep, Huntington Theatre and nine seasons with the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Concert appearances include shows with Brooke Shields, Frankie Avalon, Emily Skinner, Dana Reeve, Billy Porter, Carol Woods and Ken Page. Upcoming: Half Time, previously seen in Chicago as Gotta Dance.
MICHAEL SCHWEIKARDT (Scenic Designer)
The Muny: The Music Man, 42nd Street, Oklahoma!; Into The Woods, Hello, Dolly!; The Addams Family, Mary Poppins, South Pacific and The King and I. Sets for the musicals Phantom and Marie Antoinette for EMK Productions in Seoul, South Korea; the world premiere of Nobody Loves You and of the new Duncan Sheik/Kyle Jarrow musical Whisper House at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre as well as several musicals by Joe Iconis: Bloodsong of Love at Ars Nova, ReWrite at Urban Stages, The Black Suits at the Public Theater, The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks for Theatreworks USA, Things To Ruin at both the Zipper Factory and Second Stage. Recent credits include the critically acclaimed productions of Show Boat, Annie Get Your Gun, 1776, Big River and Camelot for Goodspeed Musicals, Barnum for the Asolo Rep’s 50th anniversary season, national and international tours of James Taylor’s One Man Band. www.msportfolio.com
ROBIN L. MCGEE (Costume Designer)
is extremely happy to be back to The Muny, especially since she grew up across the river, in Highland, Illinois, and enjoyed many shows here in her youth. Previous Shows at The Muny include Beauty and the Beast, Pirates!; The King and I, Joseph… Dreamcoat, and last season’s Aida. New York credits include designs for the Roundabout Theatre, the Irish Repertory Theatre, the York Theatre, the Cherry Lane Theatre, the Little Shubert Theatre, the American Globe Theatre, the New York Fringe Festival and the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Regional credits include designs at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House, SeaWorld Orlando, Palm Beach Drama Works, Arizona Broadaway Theatre, the Gulfshore Playhouse, John Engeman Theater, Arizona Broadway Theatre, the Des Moines Metro Opera, and clown costumes for Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. Proud Union Member of USA 829. www.rlmcgeedesign.com
NATHAN W. SCHEUER (Lighting Designer)
is delighted to be back for another season. Past Muny designs include Aida, Mamma Mia!; Beauty and the Beast, The Buddy Holly Story, Grease, The Addams Family, Les Misérables, Thoroughly Modern Millie. NYC credits: Upon this Handful of Earth (NYOS), Jesus Christ Superstar Concert (Highline Ballroom), A Taste of Things to Come, Lord Tom (The York), Shoes & Baggage (The Cell), La Plage (Tom Gold Dance), and associate designer for Manilow on Broadway. Other tour/regional credits: After the Curtain (Shaping Sound), Spamalot (Arkansas Rep), Masha’s Seagull (BTG), The Sleeping Beauty, Beneath One’s Dignity (LA Ballet), Water by the Spoonful, Next to Normal (TheatreSquared). Nathan’s also designed for Selena Gomez, Alice Cooper, Toby Keith, and worked with NYC Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, and San Francisco Opera. Proud member of USA 829.
JOHN SHIVERS (Sound Designer)
Credits include: The Muny (2015 – 2017 seasons), Pretty Woman (in development), Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour, Kinky Boots (2013 Tony Award recipient), Bonnie & Clyde, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, Sister Act, 9 to 5, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, In My Life and Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays. International: The Secret, Tarzan, Das Wunder Von Bern, The Lion King (Shanghai) and (Singapore), Regional: Moonshine, Harmony, The Nutty Professor, Tales of the City, Emma, Robin and the 7 Hoods. Associate credits: The Lion King, Mary Poppins, The Producers, Hairspray, Aida, Titanic, How to Succeed in Business… (’95), The Who’s Tommy, Guys and Dolls and The Buddy Holly Story. Other credits: Savion Glover, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Gregory Hines and engineering at Electric Lady Studios. John has a gem of a daughter Ruby.
DAVID PATRIDGE (Sound Designer)
Broadway: Holler If Ya Hear Me, Soul Doctor. US tours: Flashdance, Mamma Mia!; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat. Regional: The Muny – 2015 and 2016 seasons, First Wives Club, Harmony, The Nutty Professor, Emma, Robin and the 7 Hoods, Sammy, Ace, Beauty and the Beast, Singin’ in the Rain, Sweeney Todd, Miss Saigon. Off-Broadway: Gigantic. International tours: Das Wunder von Bern. Associate sound design: Paramour, Kinky Boots, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, Leap of Faith, Bonnie & Clyde, We Will Rock You, Sister Act, Come Fly Away, 9 to 5, The Little Mermaid, Mamma Mia!; Tarzan, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and In My Life. David is a recipient of the Kevin Kline and Suzi Bass awards for Outstanding Sound Design of a Musical.
MATTHEW YOUNG (Video Designer)
graduated from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University with departmental honors, earning a BFA in lighting design. Most recently he programmed video for Amelie at the Walter Kerr in New York. Select Muny credits include: 42nd Street, Young Frankenstein, Aida . Programming and associate credits include: Amelie (Walter Kerr Theatre), Joan of Arc (Public Theatre), Grounded (Alley Theatre), Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater), On Your Feet! (Marquis Theatre). He is delighted to be back in St. Louis and at The Muny for another fantastic season.
JOHN METZNER (Wig Designer)
This is John’s 4th season at The Muny. He is the head of hair and makeup for Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts, as well as the Wig Master for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. He is a graduate of the Conservatory and has been associated with the Rep for a number of years. As a freelance designer, he has worked throughout Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota and New York. Some companies include Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, The Muny, Stages St. Louis, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, Great River Shakespeare Festival and the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse.
PUPPET KITCHEN PRODUCTIONS (Puppet Creation)
This trio of “Head Chefs” blend style with engineering to create dynamic visual stories and characters. Since 2008, Emily DeCola, Eric Wright and Michael Schupbach have been designing, building, performing, directing and teaching puppetry in nearly every contemporary puppetry style from their workshop in downtown New York City. Some favorite recent projects and clients include the San Diego Zoo’s Centennial Celebration, The King and I and The Wiz (Maltz Jupiter Theater), Alice in Wonderland (New York City Opera), The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show (off- Broadway, UK tour, Australia tour), Compulsion (The Public Theater), and John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean. Other collaborators include Disney Theme Parks, PBS, Mabou Mines, TheaterWorks USA, LG Electronics and the Disney Channel. PKP is dedicated to creating opportunities for everyone to interact with and advance the craft of puppetry by hosting workshops for all ages, fostering an apprenticeship program and creating original programming for all ages integrating puppetry, music, movement and storytelling. puppetkitchen.com
LARRY SMIGLEWSKI (Production Stage Manager)
returns to The Muny after stage managing last season’s The Wizard of Oz and Mamma Mia!. Tours: Two Seasons on the national tour of White Christmas, stage management supervisor for the Chinese tour of The Sound of Music. Recent regional: The King and I starring Rachel York (Dallas Summer Musicals), The White Snake (Baltimore Center Stage), Gypsy starring Sally Mayes, Ragtime on Ellis Island featuring Brian Stokes Mitchell. Off-Broadway: Cagney (York Theatre and Westside Theatre), Sex Tips… As a professor, Larry spent four years teaching stage management and directing at Sam Houston State University and West Chester University. MFA – University of Houston, BA – Marymount Manhattan College.