The Little Mermaid sets sail in Denver

So, The Little Mermaid opened its workshop run in Denver last night. Since many changes are expected as the show develops, critics aren’t allowed to review the show until late August. But that doesn’t mean the regular paying guest can’t contribute their opinions. Reviews from the paying crowd are mixed, but generally positive considering this was the first show of a seven week experimental period.

I’m not going to put any spoilers here, but if you want more details read the comments at this Denver Post article or check out this Inside the Magic discussion. It looks like there is still plenty of work to be done, but it’s already better received than Tarzan.

While we’re on the subject, you may also be interested in this story on how Disney Theatrical came to accept its ownership of High School Musical stage edition, both the official tour, and the licensing to high schools and local theater companies. Disney knows it is walking a fine line with over promoting HSM and is deliberately avoiding a Broadway show to avoid turning off musical fans from Disney’s other products.