More than 25 years after The Little Mermaid became a Disney princess icon, she joins the likes of The Lion King on stage. Whereas, the Broadway production received a mixed reception from critics, Director Louis Palena tackles the challenges (of which there are many) of bringing the story of Oceanic princess, Ariel, to life with charm and dazzle.
It's Opening Night! The 2016 Season at the Ritz Theatre in Haddon Township kicked off with 9 to 5: The Musical based on the 1980 film of the same name starring LGBT ally Dolly Parton and her music. Yes, it's been 36 years since the movie came out and the story line is still as appropriate and funny as ever.
No, it isn't a revival of an old Broadway hit. Neither is it a hot property from London's West End being transferred to The States. "Honeymoon in Vegas" is that rarest of rare things, an original musical written by Americans starring American actors, and it's headed for Broadway after its short run at the Papermill Playhouse in Millburn. These days, that's a novelty.
Lend Me a Tenor is the Ritz Theatre's penultimate offering of its 2015 season. A comedy written by Ken Ludwig, it premiered in 1986 at London's West End theater and on Broadway in 1989, garnering nine Tony awards and winning two. It is set in 1930's Cleveland, Ohio, and the Art Deco hotel suite set reflects that beautifully.
"Kinky Boots" took Broadway and the Tony's by storm, and now they have taken the shows message across the country. The musical (with music by music icon and LGBT activist Cyndi Lauper and book by the legendary Harvey Fierstein) was in Philadelphia's Forrest Theatre recently.
Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire was the Ritz Theatre Company's second production for their 2015 season. It is a play that juxtapositions the so-called "Southern Gentility," tottering on its last legs in the character of the mentally unstable Blanche Dubois, against the rough and tumble, sometimes violent, often immigrant Americana, swaggering full force in the character of Stanley Kowalsky, with Blanche's sister Stella caught between the two.
"Gypsy", directed by Bruce Curless, is the Ritz Theatre's last production of the season. It stars Carol Furphy- Labinski as Rose, the domineering mother who pushes her daughter onto the burlesque/ strip-tease stage as a last resort to becoming a star.