The Little Mermaid: u/s Chelsea Morgan Stock to assume the role of 'Ariel', Drew Seeley to play 'Prince Eric'

Chelsea Morgan Stock, who currently understudies the role of 'Ariel' is to assume the role from 2 Jun 2009 in the Broadway musical The Little Mermaid.

Stock assumes the role from Sierra Boggess who made her Broadway debut when she originated the role on Broadway. Brogess will play her final performance on 31 May 2009.

Drew Seeley will make his Broadway debut when he temporarily assume the role of 'Prince Eric' from 9 Jun through to 30 Aug 2009, stepping in for original cast member Sean Palmer who leaves the company on 7 Jun 2009, before returning to the show on 1 Sep 2009.

The Little Mermaid opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on 10 Jan 2008, following previews from 7 Nov, and is currently booking through to 15 Nov 2009.

The show currently features Sierra Boggess (Ariel), Faith Prince (Ursula), Sean Palmer (Prince Eric), Norm Lewis (King Triton), Rogelio Douglas, Jr (Sebastian), Eddie Korbich (Scuttle), Jonathan Freeman (Grimsby), Derrick Baskin (Jetsam), Tyler Maynard (Flotsam) and, Trevor Braun and Brian D'Addario (alternating as Flounder).

The Little Mermaid is loosely based upon the story by Hans Christian Andersen. Ariel, youngest daughter of King Triton, is dissatisfied with life in the sea. She longs to be with the humans above the surface, and is often caught in arguments with her father over those 'barbaric fish-eaters'. She goes to meet Ursula, the Sea Witch, to strike a deal, but Ursula has bigger plans for this mermaid and her father.

The Little Mermaid is directed by Francesca Zambello and features choreography by Stephen Mear. The creative team includes set design by George Tsypin, costumes by Tatiana Noginova and lighting by Natasha Katz and sound by John Shivers.

The score features the songs 'Part of Your World,' 'Kiss the Girl' and the Academy Award -winning Best Original Song, 'Under the Sea,' composed by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken and his frequent collaborator, the legendary Howard Ashman. There are 11 new songs by Mr. Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater. The book for the new musical is by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning playwright Doug Wright.

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