Broadway’s The Little Mermaid

Disney’s overhaul of their third Broadway show.

I recently went to see Disney’s The Little Mermaid at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta. This venture was inspired by a previous anniversary’s success with The Lion King— my husband was moved to tears within the first line of Rafiki’s wonderfully rich cry.

Due to its predecessor, this experience was not what we expected. The Little Mermaid seems much more geared toward the self-same audience of its animated counterpart: young children. While this is not inherently bad, after the balance of relatively adult themes in The Lion King and The Beauty and the Beast (Mufasa’s gut-wrenching death; the Beast’s genuine fearfulness and Gaston’s beyond crude behavior, respectively), The Little Mermaid seemed to fall flat…

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