The University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance is world-renowned for its respected programs and its reputation for presenting Broadway-caliber productions. Producing graduates who go on to star in major feature films, on Broadway, and around the world, the School of Music, Theatre and Dance is a sure bet for a performance that will knock your socks off. This spring, mark your calendar for “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” — the musical version of the 1989 animated classic.
Running for most of 2008 and 2009 on Broadway, this version of the classic Disney romance will satisfy fans of the original movie, as well as pique the attention of newer audiences. “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” features all the classic songs such as “Kiss the Girl”, “Under the Sea”, and “Part of Your World” as well as many new tunes - and has some minor storyline changes. This musical will enthrall audiences with energetic dance sequences and spectacular costumes, sets, and puppets - and is a production that is suitable for adults and children aged 5 and older. The School of Music, Theatre and Dance hopes to see patrons of a wide range of ages at the show.
“Disney’s The Little Mermaid” will run at the Power Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Michigan’s campus on April 13-16. The Power Center (a great example of modern classical theatrical architecture, and with no seat more than 80 feet from the stage) is an ideal location for taking part in a full day of activities in Ann Arbor: have lunch at nearby Real Seafood Company to whet your appetite for an ocean-inspired evening — and swing by Literati bookstore as you’re getting in the mood for a story for the ages. Young (and young at heart!) guests may want to attend in costume, and stop by Mud Puddles in Kerrytown - you never know if you might find a new ocean creature coloring book or puzzle to take home with you!
If dramatic plays are more your style, the School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present “Insurrection: Holding History” in late March and early April - which won the Oppenheimer Award in 1996 for Best New American Play. If you’re a fan of choral music, the acclaimed Men’s Glee Club will present their spring concert on April 15 at the historic and impressive Hill Auditorium. Whether you’re most interested in classical music, musical theatre, jazz or another type of performance, the School of Music, Theatre and Dance will likely have something beautiful happening here in Ann Arbor for you to enjoy.