The Little Mermaid [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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Based on the popular Disney movie, the stage version of The Little Mermaid alights on Broadway, sporting new arrangements of the music by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman that delighted fans of the film. The show features the classic songs "Part of Your World," "Kiss the Girl," and the Oscar-winning "Under the Sea," as well as ten new songs by Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater. With a book by Doug Wright and direction by Francesca Zambello, The Little Mermaid is poised to make a splash on the Great White Way.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
It is surprising that the stage adaptation of The Little Mermaid took until January 10, 2008, to open on ...
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Based on the popular Disney movie, the stage version of The Little Mermaid alights on Broadway, sporting new arrangements of the music by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman that delighted fans of the film. The show features the classic songs "Part of Your World," "Kiss the Girl," and the Oscar-winning "Under the Sea," as well as ten new songs by Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater. With a book by Doug Wright and direction by Francesca Zambello, The Little Mermaid is poised to make a splash on the Great White Way.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
It is surprising that the stage adaptation of The Little Mermaid took until January 10, 2008, to open on Broadway. The Little Mermaid, the movie, marked the beginning of a major comeback for the Walt Disney company as a purveyor of animated movie musicals when it appeared in the fall of 1989. The movie studio responsible for Bambi and Dumbo had gone a long time without producing anything in that league, and it wasn't until Jeffrey Katzenberg brought in two talented songwriters from off-Broadway, composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman, that Disney got back on track with its signature product. It was really Ashman more than Menken who made the duo's work distinctive, as he had with their long-running hit Little Shop of Horrors and did again with such songs as "Part of Your World" and "Under the Sea" in The Little Mermaid. Box-office success followed, along with Oscars for Menken's score and for "Under the Sea" as best song, plus a Grammy for the soundtrack album. Menken and Ashman immediately set to work on a follow-up, Beauty and the Beast, and were on to a third Disney film, Aladdin, when Ashman died of AIDS at the age of 39 on March 14, 1991. Disney began its commercially successful, but largely critically derided conquest of Broadway in 1994 with a stage adaptation of Beauty and the Beast (with some new lyrics by Tim Rice), and has followed with The Lion King, Aida, Tarzan, and Mary Poppins. The obvious problem with bringing The Little Mermaid to the stage was the same one encountered with Beauty and the Beast: the movie had only seven songs ("Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl," "Part of Your World," "Poor Souls," "Les Poissons," "Fathoms Below," and "Daughters of Triton"), which, for Broadway, constitutes less than half of a score, and, of course, Ashman was not available to write more. There are a lot of lyricists out there, but not many who possess Ashman's combination of sharp wit and warm sentiment. Enter Glenn Slater, winner of the 2000 ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers Award for promising young musical theater composers, who collaborated with Menken on the 2004 film Home on the Range. Slater has teamed with Menken for ten additional songs that both elaborate on and update the characters and storyline of The Little Mermaid. Unlike, for example, Rice, whose work bore no resemblance to Ashman's in Beauty and the Beast, Slater's suitability for stepping into Ashman's shoes seems to be that he can be witty, if in a slangy way. Terms like "my bad" and "whatever" that drifted into the vernacular some time in the 1990s turn up, along with a lot of ocean-altered clichés -- "up to her gills," "on sandbar nine," "disappear into thin water," etc. This is not up to Ashman's standard, but Slater does an efficient enough job on the pastiche-like rhythm tunes, particularly the villain Ursula's "I want" song, "I Want the Good Times Back," and the girl group parody "She's in Love." He is less effective when writing a ballad like "Her Voice," sung by the prince who is the inevitable love object in the by-the-numbers plot. So, the score is a mixed bag. It is performed by an adequate cast led by Sierra Boggess as Ariel, the title character, with Sherie René Scott getting to ham it up as Ursula and Tituss Burgess taking the Jamaica-tinged "Under the Sea" and "Kiss the Girl." The result is a more successful conversion to the stage than the Disney Theatricals division managed with Beauty and the Beast (that is, critically speaking; as a financial venture, Beauty and the Beast was very successful, indeed). To show music fans (as opposed to youthful tourists), it probably will be one more opportunity to mourn the loss of Ashman, who has proved to be irreplaceable.
Time Magazine
One of the most ravishing things I have seen on a Broadway stage.
Wall Street Journal
Expect it to run from here to eternity and back again.... A musical that does justice to the lovely film from which it sprang.

One of the most ravishing things I have seen on a Broadway stage.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2008
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • UPC: 050087111816
  • Catalog Number: 000103302

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jeffrey Caswell Trombone, Tuba
Jonathan Freeman Vocals
Benjamin Herman Timpani
Jeanne LeBlanc Cello
Suzanne Ornstein Concert Master
Joe Passaro Percussion
John Redsecker Bass
Marcus Rojas Tuba
Mineko Yajima Violin
Bob Zubrycki Violin
Christoph Franzgrote Violin
Michael Kosarin Conductor
Caryl Paisner Cello
Merwin Foard Vocals
Steve Kenyon Reeds
Eddie Korbich Vocals
Fritz Krakowski Violin
Roger Shell Cello
Adrian Bailey Vocals
Lisa Matricardi Violin
Richard Sarpola Bass
Gary Grimaldi Trombone
Norm Lewis Vocals
Sherie René Scott Vocals
Price Waldman cast
John Treacy Egan Vocals
Tyler Maynard Vocals
Meredith Inglesby cast
Zohar Schondorf French Horn
Rob Zi Taylor Violin
Derrick Baskin Vocals
Trevor Braun cast
Tituss Burgess Vocals
Heidi Blickenstaff Vocals
David Allen Young Reeds
Kristina Musser Violin
Tim Federle Vocals
Sierra Boggess Vocals, cast
Brian D'Addario Vocals
Robert Creighton Vocals
Sean Palmer Vocals
The Little Mermaid Cast Ensemble Ensemble
Arbender J. Robinson Vocals
Technical Credits
Howard Ashman Lyricist, Liner Notes
Bruce Botnick Producer, Engineer, Mastering
David Chase Arranger, Dance Arrangement
Alan Menken Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Chris Montan Producer
Glenn Slater Lyricist, Liner Notes
Doug Wright Liner Notes, Book
Michael Kosarin Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Music Direction
Janet Weber Recording Production Manager
Stephen Mear Liner Notes
Missy Webb Pro-Tools
Hyomin Kang Camera Operator
Daniel Troob Orchestration
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Go Under the Sea with this CD!

    I wouldn't have thought, when first hearing about this musical, that The Little Mermaid would have translated well onto the stage. I was so very wrong. The new music was written by Alan Menken, who did the original music for the film, and it is all wonderful. So that's a strike in favor for the show. The cast is amazing on the CD. I never thought I'd like any but Jodi Benson for Ariel; now that I have heard Sierra Boggess in the role, she puts her own spin on Ariel so it's not just an imitation of Benson's version. Sean Palmer, Titus Burgess, Eddie Korbich, and the rest of the Original cast are amazing. I love all of the songs, old and new, however my favorite new songs have to be "If Only (Quartet)", "Her Voice", and "She's in Love".

    I was fortunate enough to see the musical on Broadway before it closed this past Sunday, August 31st. I saw the original Triton and Flounder in my show; Scuttle was out sick but the understudy was just as hilarious. Drew Seeley was Eric when I saw the show and he was very impressive. Not just a teeny-bopper singer. I think he'll be around for a while. And the new woman who was Ariel was great as well. Boggess had quit the show literally a couple of weeks before I saw the show. Her last day was May 31st and I saw the show June 16th. Anyway, cast was amazing and if they do a US tour for the show, I highly recommend seeing it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!

    This soundtrack has all of my favorite songs to listen to whether I'm in the car, or relaxing at home, this cd rocks! It makes me want to sing along! My favorite is She's in Love. It's a song about a girl in love and her friend and sisters are trying to figure out that "She's in Love!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Can't Wait to buy it!

    I was so excited when i first heard they were making a broadway version of "The Little Mermaid". I watched it so much when i was little (expecially since it came out the year i was born) and i always loved to sing along to "Part of your World". I first heard the soundtrack for the musical at a tech session for a musical i was in. A fellow cast member played it on a stereo while we worked. The first new song i heard was "She's in Love" and from that moment i have wanted to see the musical so bad. I've heard most of the songs or parts of them by watching videos and etc. on the musical. The cast is very talented and each are great vocally in their respective parts. I am so excited to see the show (i got tickets!) and i am going to buy the cd asap. The new songs fit in so well with the show and i am so glad that Eric get's to sing! He's probably one of the only Disney Princes that doesn't sing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Im so excited that there Putting the little mermaid on broadway! It was one of my favorite shows as a kid! And now that the cd is coming out I can barely contain myself! Around my house I show my parents everything about the new broadway hit, I've shown them pics and songs and even ticket prices! I cant wait for the cd to come and to go see the the little mermaid on broadway!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great new music added to the classics

    Seeing the show in it's preview was amazing! I was a little worried that the new songs would not be quite as good as the originals, but they were great! Disney did a great job in staying with the style and theme from the movie and added some great new songs. Check out "I want the good times back" and "Positoovity" they're great!

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