DSM Little Mermaid – Interview w/ Director Glenn Casale

Ariel, Sebastian, Flounder and the beloved fishy gang are returning to Dallas Summer Musicals!  Director Glenn Casale chatted about Little Mermaid's return to DFW, the changes to the show, his fun directing style and even chatted about a young George Clooney and much more!  Click through for our chat with Director Glenn Casale and about more information on Little Mermaid back at Music Hall.

In a magical kingdom fathoms below, we meet Ariel, the little mermaid who is tired of flipping her fins and longs to be part of the fascinating world on dry land. Joining her are Sebastian, Ariel’s crabby sidekick; Ursula, the evil sea witch; Triton, King of the Sea and the handsome and human Prince Eric. Based on the Disney animated film and hit Broadway musical, The Little Mermaid is making its Dallas RETURN to the Music Hall at Fair Park. So dive on in! Life is the bubbles, under the sea!  From DSM Website.

Interview with Director Glenn Casale:

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Glenn and I started our chat by discussing how he's made a career of re-imagining classics and turning them into wonderfully massive productions.  Little Mermaid, in particular, has gone through numerous changes since it first hit Broadway.

One of the major changes to Little Mermaid that Glenn brought on board years ago was to make Ariel and the gang airborne.  His many years working on productions like Cathy Rigby's Peter Pan, allow for a company like Disney to trust Glenn's advice. He talked about the specific conversation he had with the Disney folks about going airborne with Little Mermaid.

Glenn talked about where he first learned about "changing" classics, a shout out to his many years connected to Fiddler on the Roof productions!

I asked Glenn about all the amazing talented cast members he's worked with and he brought up Mark Harmon, George Clooney and the icon that is Carol Burnett.

Glenn has been able to direct shows all across the globe.  I asked him what are some of the most intriguing places to put on a musical production.

I ended my fun chat with Glenn by asking him what he does on his off nights and also I asked what's next for him!  (hint hint – Hunchback!)

Little Mermaid is at DSM from March 11-27th.  For more information on tickets and the show please go, here.

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