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Diana Huey will play the title role of Ariel the mermaid Disney's The Little Mermaid on Oct. 17-22 at the Durham Performing Arts Center (photo by Mark & Tracy Photography)

Family-Friendly Fun and Magic Abound at DPAC’s Production of The Little Mermaid

Ever since the 1989 Disney film The Little Mermaid debuted, Ariel and Prince Eric have been household names. Now, at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), under the majestic direction of Glenn Casale, these instantly-recognizable characters are coming to life on the theatrical stage in a beautiful musical by the same name. And, while the… Read More ›

Diana Huey and Melvin Abston star as Ariel and Sebastian the crab (photo by Mark & Tracy Photography)

The Little Mermaid at DPAC Is Fun, Silly, Action-Packed, and Special Effects-Driven, But Shallow

The Pittsburgh CLO and Kansas City Starlight co-production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, now playing at the Durham Performing Arts Center, is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved story, “The Little Mermaid,” which was published in 1837. That fairytale/morality tale is as dark and damp as a Copenhagen winter: eternal damnation, unyielding pain, betrayal, blood,… Read More ›

Diana Huey stars as Ariel the mermaid in Disney's The Little Mermaid (photo by Mark & Tracy Photography)

Revamped Disney’s The Little Mermaid Will Make a Big Splash on Oct. 17-22 at DPAC

To kick off its spectacular 2017-18 “Ten Great Years” SunTrust Broadway Series, the Durham Performing Arts Center will present nine performances of the sensational national tour of the revamped 2012 version of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, co-produced by Pittsburgh CLO and Kansas City Starlight and directed by Glenn Casale, who revamped the 2008 Broadway musical… Read More ›

Old and New Carolina Ballet Stars Twinkle Brightly in The Ugly Duckling and Three Other Ballets in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater

The 20th season of the Carolina Ballet of Raleigh, NC might prove to be its most interesting one yet, artistic director Robert Weiss told the audience on opening night of The Ugly Duckling. “We have a mix of new and old,” he reported. Ballets in the 2017-18 season include the gorgeous Weiss-choreographed Messiah; the Valentine’s… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet will stage The Little Mermaid Feb. 2-19 in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in >the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh (photo by 20/20 Photo Video)

Carolina Ballet’s Little Mermaid Is a Classic Fairy Tale with a Progressive Twist

In the land of basketball and BBQ, it is easy to forget that North Carolina also has a notable ballet company. Carolina Ballet’s production of Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s The Little Mermaid, running Feb. 2-19 in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh, will delight the young and the young at heart, with its cartoon colors, stunning… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet will stage The Little Mermaid Feb. 2-19 in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in >the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh (photo by 20/20 Photo Video)

The Little Mermaid Is a Big Hit for Carolina Ballet

The littlest mermaids were not necessarily on stage Thursday night when the Carolina Ballet premiered its latest ballet of the season, The Little Mermaid, based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Little girls in fancy dresses, tutus, and tiaras filled the seats at Raleigh’s A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater to see (and hear!) one… Read More ›

"Disney's The Little Mermaid" stars (from left) Matt Allen as Scuttle, Jessica Grové as Ariel, and Joseph Gaitens as Flounder (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

NCT’s “The Little Mermaid” Is an Easy Crowd Pleaser … But Not Much Else

Disney’s 1989 film The Little Mermaid easily became an instant classic when it was released. So, it’s no wonder that its Broadway incarnation has been equally successful. North Carolina Theatre’s stage version, directed by Jennifer Werner and starring the adorable Jessica Grové in the title role, is no exception. The story takes all of the… Read More ›

Jessica Grové Will Star as Ariel in “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” for NCT on July 29-Aug. 3 in Raleigh

The North Carolina Theatre will present the Triangle premiere of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, starring 32-year-old Hilliard, OH-born Broadway actress and singer Jessica Grové as Ariel, on July 29-Aug. 3 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The Little Mermaid is the final homegrown Broadway musical production of the… Read More ›

Cary Players' "Once Upon a Mattress" cast includes Carly Jones (left) as the Nightingale and Kelsey Tucker Princess Winnifred (photo by Rob Byron of Piedmont Photo)

Cary Players Give the Royal Treatment to the Merry Medieval Musical “Once Upon a Mattress”

The Cary Players give the royal treatment to Broadway’s Once Upon a Mattress (1959), that marvelous medieval musical, with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barber, and a book by Barber, Jay Thompson, and Dean Fuller, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s 19th century story “The Princess and the Pea.” Guest director and choreographer Nancy… Read More ›

Cary Players' "Once Upon a Mattress" cast includes Carly Jones (left) as the Nightingale and Kelsey Tucker Princess Winnifred (photo by Rob Byron of Piedmont Photo)

The Cary Players’ “Once Upon a Mattress” Will Be the First Musical at the New 390-Seat Cary Arts Center

The 1959 Broadway musical “Once Upon a Mattress,” adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea,” features music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and a book by Barer, Jay Thompson, and Dean Fuller.

"The Andersen Project" plays March 17th and 18th in Memorial Hall

Robert Lepage’s Solo Drama “The Andersen Project” Is a Modern Fairy Tale Starring Yves Jacques

Ex Machina’s critically acclaimed production of “The Andersen Project (Le Projet Andersen),” is a modern fairy tale written, directed, and originally performed by French Canadian actor, director, and playwright Robert Lepage.