Under The Sea: The Little Mermaid Opens Starlight’s 67th Season

Starlight Theatre opened its 67th season of live Broadway entertainment last night with its production of Disney The Little Mermaid, and the girls and I were there to see it happen.

The show runs through June 11, with a total of 8 shows to choose from. Tickets for Disney The Little Mermaid at Starlight Theatre are on sale now for $14 to $102. Tickets are available online at www.kcstarlight.com, by calling 816.363.STAR (7827) or at the Starlight box office at 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO 64132.  All performances begin at 8 p.m.

Based upon Hans Christian Andersen’s timeless tale of love and nearly 30 years after the beloved animated film was released, Disney The Little Mermaid continues to spark the imaginations of the young and young at heart. The musical tells the story of an adventurous young mermaid who lives in a magical kingdom beneath the sea, yet longs to leave her ocean home and live in the world above. It also features the songs we all know and love, including such favorites as “Part of Your World,” “Kiss the Girl” and the Academy Award-winning “Under the Sea.” Along with the classic songs from the Disney film, the musical contains over a dozen new songs. My personal favorite of these new songs was “She’s In Love,” which showcased the mersisters and Flounder (Flounder was awesome, by the way).

We’ve been fans of the Disney movie for as long as we can remember, and we were so excited to see it live on stage (I was just as excited as the girls were, I’m not ashamed to admit it), and I can promise you, we sang those songs all the way home. (Okay, I did. The girls fell asleep after about five minutes in the car.)

Cast of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID. Photo by Mark & Tracy Photography

 

I am always, ALWAYS impressed with the shows at Starlight. They are professional, entertaining, and often, spectacles of color, sound, and energy, and Little Mermaid did not disappoint. The set was actually more sparse than a lot of Starlight’s productions, but it went seamlessly from underwater to the surface scenes and back again.

AND, extra awesome bonus: for this season on, Starlight has two large screens above the stage, so you can see close ups of the actors, even from the far back seats.

Fun fact: the original Broadway cast had Titus from The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt in the role of Sebastian.

I really felt (and my daughters agreed) that every actor had an incredible singing voice….and you can’t necessarily say that about every show you go to, no matter where or what it is.

Diana Huey in Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID. Photo by Mark & Tracy Photography.

 

Jennifer Allen in Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID. Photo by Mark & Tracy Photography

 

Next up in the schedule is Mamma Mia! (and I am SO excited)!  Check out the full summer Broadway lineup on KcStarlight.com.

I received two complimentary tickets in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are completely, utterly, undeniably my own.

#KC Starlight Broadway Series: Million Dollar Quartet

I’m so excited to get to experience the Broadway shows at Kansas City’s Starlight Theatre again this summer and review them for you. So. Excited. And it’s already time for the first show!!
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Starlight’s 65th season opens this Memorial Day weekend with the national touring production of Million Dollar Quartet.

Featuring the electrifying music of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash and telling the story of the night in December 1956 when they came together to make rock ‘n’ roll history, Million Dollar Quartet is a Tony Award-winning musical that takes place the decade that Starlight opened its first season. Cool, right?!

Million Dollar Quartet brings to life that legendary night with a compelling tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal, humor and celebration. Its electrifying score features such timeless hits as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “See Ya Later, Alligator,” “Fever,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more.

million dollar quartet at Starlight

If I’m going to be honest, since our trip to New York City in March, I really expect the best from live productions. Which probably isn’t fair, because well….not everybody makes it to Broadway in NYC, obviously. But just like every other show I’ve been to at Starlight, this one did not disappoint.

The actors were brilliant, their voices, spectacular. And not at all bad to look at. The music, OH the music! CLASSIC. Showstopping. Some of the best sings in rock and roll history, no question. The talent on the stage was INCREDIBLE. It feels like you’re actually watching the four legends together, all with huge personalities and even greater musical abilities, butt heads and make magic with their instruments.

million dollar quartet at Starlight

If you’re looking for something fun to do this Memorial Day weekend, check out the opening show of Starlight’s 65th Broadway season. It really is not to be missed, but it will be gone before you know it.

Tickets for Million Dollar Quartet at Starlight Theatre are on sale now for $12 to $92. Tickets are available online at www.kcstarlight.com, by calling 816.363.STAR (7827) or at the Starlight box office at 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO 64132.  All performances begin at 8 p.m.

Production photos by Jeremy Daniel.

I received tickets to the show but was not otherwise compensated, and all opinions are 100% my own.