Last week I went on an adventure to downtown Dallas to see the Broadway musical production of Disney's The Little Mermaid! My dad saw an ad for this in the paper, and I immediately bought tickets since they were selling fast. This event was put on by the Dallas Summer Musicals for their 74th season. They are the largest producer of theatrical entertainment in the Southwest United States. Before the performance they said it typically takes them about 12 weeks to prepare for a show, but this one was completed in only 3 weeks! That included all the costume designs, set building and rehearsals. The quality was not compromised one bit because this musical was a beautiful production of epic proportion!
My outfit for the musical was very mermaid inspired. I got my leggings at Target, my dress at Wet Seal, my red wig from Arda and I made my starfish necklace. I have matching rings in my Etsy store right now!
It was really cold that day so I made sure to wear a stylish peacoat and hat, too.
My dad and I decided to get to downtown early to beat the traffic and eat dinner first. We chose to go to the Spaghetti Warehouse. It had been years since I ate here so I was really looking forward to it.
I had chicken spaghetti. Yum! It was delicious! They also serve the best bread with garlic butter and a salad before the meal.
The show was held at the Music Hall at Fair Park. The theater was very nice, and it quickly became crowded mostly with excited couples and little girls. Some were even in cute Ariel costumes!
There were a few souvenirs available for purchase. They had pens shaped like tridents, Ariel and Ursula dolls and this fabulous pink glitter t-shirt that I just couldn't pass up!
I have never been to a Broadway show before so I plan to keep this Playbill forever! I think this makes a great keepsake. Inside it listed each of the actors in the show. I was very impressed to read they have all been in several other successful shows. Liz McCartney who played Ursula has also been in Broadway's Annie, Wicked, Sweeney Todd and many more!
You were not allowed to take any photos during the performance. So many people were taking quick shots of the stage before it started. We had great seats in the center of the theater. The curtain had bubbles floating on it and there was a sound of water all around you like you were really under the sea.
I wish I could show you the costumes because they were AMAZING. The detail and colors were outstanding. Everything sparkled and had a glow about it. I would go see this again and pay extra for a front row seat just so I could study the costumes better. It was unique how they had the actors move around the stage, too. They had several of the fish and the eels wear Heelys. These are shoes with a back wheel in them. So they could walk and also glide around the stage to mimic the look of swimming. Ariel and King Triton were in a harness for a lot of the show and literally flew around the stage. They managed to move their bodies and "fins" so it looked just like they were swimming!
Besides the costumes, my favorite part of the show was the music. They put so much heart and soul into their vocals. The actors did a fantastic job staying true to the characters. Their voices sounded JUST like the ones in the movie. Sebastian and Ursula were especially incredible. I felt like I was watching the real characters right in front of me. The show added a few new songs to the performance, but they fit right in with the originals. It was refreshing to see a small spin on the story. The musical exceeded my expectations and was breathtaking and truly magical.
Have you ever been to a Broadway musical?