leave your inhibitions at the door
Theater time again! For those of you in Michigan, Young People’s Theater is putting on their production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid this weekend. This time we’re hitting the big stage at The Power Center, the premier performing arts venue for miles. Tickets are available through the Michigan Union box office, http://www.mutotix, or calling 734-763-TKTS.
I’ll be reprising my role as part of the greatest backstage crew ever assembled. In other words, you won’t see me unless I mess something up. Buy you will see one of the Pieholes dressed up as a multi-colored, fluorescent seahorse! She’s always been self-conscious about her dancing ability because, unfortunately, she inherited the German dancing gene from Boom Boom. This particular role features a lot of dancing on her part and she kills it! So proud.
I’ve always loved, loved, loved the Disney Princess movies bec-…. I know, that sounds pretty creepy but you gotta remember I have two daughters. And when they were younger, like every other girl in America, they loved all the Princesses. We owned all the movies, went to Disney on Ice every time it came to town, and had a closet full of princess dresses. One of them LIVED in her Cinderella dress, even wearing it during a one-night hospital stay. So Disney Princesses were unavoidable in our household.
What I always loved about the movies was the music, especially the early 1990s films that were scored by Alan Menken. To me, these were a golden age for Disney; Menken had his hands on Aladdin, Beauty and The Beast, Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Little Mermaid. All of those had terrific songs with memorable, classic, soaring melodies. Menken, who also wrote Little Shop of Horrors, brought a Broadway sensibility to the movies which was key to their success.
To tell you the truth, Mermaid is probably my least favorite of the Menken Disney films. But that’s like having a fleet of Ferraris and not liking the blue one. It’s still a masterpiece. I think it was just that Flounder annoyed the hell out of me.
Little Mermaid Broadway
There are so many terrific songs in the movie like “Fathoms Below,” “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl.” But this one is my favorite:
Part of your World.
And, of course, what kind of food blogger would I be if I didn’t post this one:
What was your favorite Mermaid song or Princess Movie?
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