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Disney's The Little Mermaid 

When: Oct. 17-22 2017
Price: $30+

The mouse house scored instant hits with Broadway adaptations of animated movie musicals like Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, but The Little Mermaid, based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale of a subaquatic princess who pays dearly for a chance at human love, took longer to find its sea legs. The initial 2007 production team couldn't quite figure out the whole underwater thing, so they stuck the actors in Heelys and called it a day. Needless to say, it didn't go over very well. But by 2012, new director Glenn Casale had rearranged the songs and replaced the roller-shoes with flying harnesses, and Bob Crowley had built a new set, like a pop-up-book aquarium. The forestalled but inevitable Tonys, Grammys, and Broadway.com Audience Awards followed. You'll stay for the stagecraft, which has gadgets and gizmos aplenty, whozits and whatzits galore. But, especially if you were a nineties kid, you're showing up for the songs, to revel once again in the ultimate lonely-tweenager ballad, "Part of Your World," and to marvel that you will never unremember Caribbean travesties like "Under the Sea" and "Kiss the Girl." You poor, unfortunate souls. —Brian Howe

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