The plot focuses on a young mermaid who decides to give up her life in the sea in order to find love with a human prince. Heading the cast are Amanda Lea LaVerne as Princess Ariel, Storm Lineberger as Prince Eric, Monte Riegel Wheeler as King Triton and Emily Skinner as Ursula.
Going zany with ‘Spamalot’
Lyric’s 52nd season continues July 22-26 with “Spamalot.” The Tony Award-winning musical was inspired by “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” a 1975 film that featured the zany antics of television’s Monty Python players.
“This is one of those cult movies that was translated to the stage,” Baron said. “Monty Python has a huge following thanks to the PBS series and the Holy Grail movies. It’s also one of those musicals that appeals equally to men.
“It’s kind of like a big budget version of ‘The Rocky Horror Show.’ You can also tell that Mike Nichols was involved with the stage production because everything is very smartly done. There’s a lot of skill involved in making it look silly.”
Steve Blanchard heads the cast as King Arthur, with Meredith Inglesby as the Lady of the Lake, Wheeler as Sir Lancelot, Matthew Alvin Brown as Sir Robin and Terry Runnels as Sir Bedevere. Ashley Wells directs, Brian Berry choreographs and Zak Sandler will conduct.
‘Night Music’ returns
Lyric’s 2014 summer season draws to a close Aug. 5-9 with “A Little Night Music.” Stephen Sondheim’s 1973 musical was based on Ingmar Bergman’s screenplay titled “Smiles of a Summer Night.” Set in Sweden at the turn of the 20th century, this musical is the bittersweet tale of romantic longing and clandestine liaisons.
Broadway favorites Dee Hoty (“City of Angels,” “The Will Rogers Follies”) and George Dvorsky (“Passion,” “The Scarlet Pimpernel”) will head the cast as Desiree Armfeldt and Fredrik Egerman.
Rounding out the cast are Charlotte Franklin as Mme. Armfeldt, Mat Govich as Count Carl-Magnus, Keslie Ward as Fredrika, Lexi Windsor as Petra, and Skinner as Charlotte. Baron will direct, with Jeremy Benton as choreographer and David Andrews Rogers as music director.
“There is new interest in ‘Night Music’ because of the recent Broadway revival starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury,” Baron said. “I think this is Sondheim’s most accessible musical.
“It’s a very realistic portrayal of relationships and the conundrums people get into. People do cheat on their spouses, they do get divorced, and sometimes they’re unhappy with the choices their children have made. But in the end, everyone pairs up with the right partner.”