The Little Mermaid Opens On Broadway Tonight

The Little Mermaid, Disney’s latest attempt to conquer Broadway by adapting its animated films for the stage, opens at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre this evening. The Lunt-Fontanne was the site of Disney’s first Broadway triumph (after it moved from the Palace), Beauty and the Beast, which closed there in July 2007. Directed by Francesca Zambello, The Little Mermaid stars Norm Lewis, Eddie Korbich, Sherie Rene Scott, and Broadway newcomer Sierra Boggess in the title role.

Groban To Star In Beloved Broadway Flop Chess

Popular recording artist Josh Groban will star in a concert version of Chess, to play at London’s Royal Albert Hall on May 12th and 13th. Also starring in the concert is Broadway regular Idina Menzel, who originated the role of Elphaba in Wicked. A Cold War-era musical about rival American and Russian chess players, Chess opened on Broadway in April of 1988 and closed after only a couple months, but the show subsequently gained cult status due to its Broadway and London cast recordings.

Golden Globe Awards Ceremony Canceled

If Golden Globe Award nominees for this year’s big Broadway-to-film transfers Sweeney Todd and Hairspray win, Broadway fans won’t get to see them accept. Due to the Writers Guild strike, the ceremony has been canceled this year. Instead, the winners will be announced in a press conference, to be televised live on NBC on January 13 at 6pm.

Broadway Failure Tarzan Starts Over In Atlanta

Following a Broadway run that lasted just over a year, the Disney stage musical version of Tarzan will have a revamped production at Theater of the Stars in Atlanta in January 2009. The new production will still feature David Henry Hwang’s book and the Phil Collins score, but it will be directed and choreographed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, with set design by Kenneth Foy and aerial design by Paul Rubin (the Broadway production had direction and scenic design from Bob Crowley). After the new version of Tarzan debuts in Atlanta, it will tour to theaters in San Jose, Raleigh, and Dallas in early ’09.

Last Chance To Celebrate the Holidays on Broadway

The Radio City Christmas show has come and gone, and Christmas trees are being taken down all over, but there is still one holiday experience available on Broadway: Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. This Broadway stage version of the beloved children’s book continues playing at the St. James Theater through this Sunday, January 6. So get your tickets while you can!

Happy New Year! Now Is A Great Time For Broadway Discounts

The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are a big time for New York City — and for Broadway. But once the New Year’s celebrations die down, Broadway gets rather quiet for the period prior to the Spring tourist season. This means that January, February, and March are especially good months to get discounts on Broadway tickets. For some of the best discounts on Broadway theater tickets, check out the Broadway Discount Ticket Guide here.