The film was a classic in more ways than one: It was Disneys most effects-heavy animated feature film since Fantasia was released in 1940. So how do you translate all that water and whimsy to the Broadway stage? Its a secret. Theyre actually not talking about costumes or set design until the first preview, says Denver Center Attractions Genevieve Miller. Theyre not giving away the concept at all. But 3M made a new material for them; its translucent and catches the light for some of the underwater effects. And Denvers own Sierra Boggess whose first acting job involved donning a shark costume for the local aquarium snagged the lead role of Ariel.
Thankfully, we dont have long to wait: The first preview for this pre-Broadway engagement (a process by which cast and crew work out the kinks before opening in New York in December) opens tonight at 8 p.m. at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. The show runs through September 9, and tickets are $20 to $77; purchase yours at 303-893-4100 or visit www.denvercenter.org/tpt, where youll also find info on VIP evenings, showtimes and more.
July 26-Sept. 9