Mermaid’s last dive on Broadway

Worth noting is that today The Little Mermaid will play it’s last preformance in the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. With just 685 preformances and 50 previews it’s the shortest Broadway run adaption of an animated Disney movie. Alan Menken’s new songs will live on in a national tour in the works for 2010 with future international versions as well.
Aladdin vetran Jonathan Freeman will have it’s last curtain all as Grimbsy at least on broadway.

The Little Mermaid Musical Closing, Aladdin Musical a step closer

As you might have heard the Broadway version of The Little Mermaid will close August 30, 2009 after only 685 performances and 50 previews. According to Disney Theatre Production head Thomas Schumacher he didn’t see a way to keep earning money from it. He also says his division is setting up a tour version to start somewhere around 2010. Also you’re sure recall that Disney shutdown the successful Beauty and the Beast that ran from 94 to 07. Since 1999 It’s home was the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

Rumors say that a musical adaption of The Adams Family might be next to setup shop at Lunt-Fontanne. Depending of it’s a success it could hold out there for a few years let’s say 3 before Disney has to develop another production. I’ve a feeling a serious attempt to sculpt Disney’s 31st animated feature into a Broadway worthy musical is coming within the next few years. I love if Aladdin gets the musical it deserves around it’s 20th anniversary in 2012.
Let’s cross fingers.

The Little Mermaid Crew Reunion

On May 21st in Burbank ASIFA-Hollywood organizes a reunion of The Little Mermaid crew. Similar to what the organization did for the Aladdin. On November 15th Mermaid marks its 20th anniversary.

Character animator Tom Sito will moderate a panel consisting of Mark Henn (Ariel), Andreas Deja (King Triton), Ruben Aquino (Ursula), Tina Price (CAPS system and early CGI) and Gary Trousedale (storyboards) – with many more guests and panelists to be announced.

Via Cartoon Brew and UD forum

Disney Sand Sculptures

European’s best carvers came together at Noordwijk, Netherlands to create this year’s sculptures for the European Sand Sculpture 2008 festival held from 18 July to 17 August in Noordwijk.
This year’s theme was ‘In Celebration of Disney’ classic movies like Snow White and Sleeping Beauty got their homage in sand but also the recent Narnia sequel and Pixar’s Wall-E are presented. I traveled to Noordwijk last Wednesday, still quite the journey with tram, train and bus I was underway for about 90 minutes.
Pictures are uploaded at my Photobucket account.