by Brenda Bell and Michael Sgouros
The Little Mermaid, an original musical by Michael Sgouros and Brenda Bell, first opened Off-Broadway on February 06, 2011 at the Players Theatre located at 115 MacDougal Street, in the West Village of NYC. Revivals of Mermaid also appeared at the Players Theatre in 2014, 2017 and 2020.
Once upon a time there was a little mermaid who dreamed of the day when she would finally be old enough to explore the wonders of the world above the sea. When her turn comes, she is not disappointed. In fact she saves a young prince from drowning in a shipwreck and falls deeply in love with him.
Now her longing increases, as she desires to become a mortal so she can marry her young prince; but as with all dreams, there are sacrifices. The little mermaid soon learns that getting her wish means making hard choices. She also learns how much she is willing to give up for someone she loves.
Everyone will enjoy our live percussion ensemble playing a variety of songs including “The Mermaids Ball” not to mention the beautiful sets and costumes.
The talented cast is headed up by the mermaid sisters, Coral (the little mermaid), Shelly and Pearl, a comic-singing trio featured in numbers like “Deep Sea Blues” and “Longing to See Anything but Sea”.
No telling of “The Little Mermaid” would be complete without the evil Fish Witch (played by Literally Alive favorite – Eric Fletcher) the “Diva of the Deep” in her Gaga-style, heart-thumping number “Misunderstood, she reveals the truth about herself to the audience while bringing the house down.
Parents, grandparents and caretakers will easily identify with the trials Coral’s Grandmum endures while raising her three mermaid princesses. She tries to offer valuable advice in “Pearls of Wisdom” and reflects on the laughter and tears of raising children in “Loving and Letting go”.