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Disney’s The Little Mermaid is based on a Hans Christian An dersen fantasy and the classic animated film. It follows the adventures of Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, who wants to pursue the handsome Prince Eric — whom she had previously saved from drowning — on terra firma. story of an American G.I., Jerry Mulligan, who decides to remain in Paris following World War II and nurture his passion for painting. With help from friends Adam Hochberg, a composer and fellow veteran, and Henri Baurel, the heir to a manufacturing fortune and an aspiring song-and-dance man, Mulligan looks to rebuild his life in the teeming, newly liberated City of Lights. He becomes entranced by a young woman — a beautiful French ballerina named Lise Dassin — but realizes, to his surprise, that she’s already in a relationship with Henri. Love, it seems, is never simple — at least not in the theater. The show features timeless George and Ira Gershwin classics such as “I Got Rhythm,” “’S Wonderful” and “They Can’t Take That Away from Me.” There’s plenty of dancing, naturally, including a breathtaking 14-minute ballet scene that brings the show to a close. An American in Paris won four Tonys in 2015, including Best Choreography for director Christopher Wheeldon. The show also received Best Musical awards from the Outer Critics Circle and Drama League. “Romance in our story is so potent because it comes from a place of darkness,” Wheeldon says. “It comes from a time that couldn’t BENNETT really be truthfully or honestly explored because it was still so close to the war.” BRUCE BY PHOTO Critics have been effusive. In The New York Times, Charles Isherwood wrote: “Just 64 artsLife | FALL 2016 about everything in this happily dancedrunk show moves with a spring in its step, as if Paris after World War II were an enchanted place in which the laws of gravity no longer applied.” �� A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (February 7-12, 2017). Penniless Monty Navarro is at the end of a long line of heirs to a family fortune. To improve his chances of cashing in and becoming the Earl of Highhurst, he takes the direct approach — by eliminating the eight less-worthy relatives in the D’Ysquith family who stand in his way. All the while, he has to contend with his impatient mistress (who has married anoth- ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� one of his victims) and the constant threat of having his plot discovered. That’s the premise of A Gentleman’s Guide, and it’s all carried off with a sly wink. A group of fatigued mourners sings: “Why are all the D’Ysquiths dying … I’m utterly exhausted keeping track, and most of all, I’m sick of wearing black.” The Broadway production, set in Edwardian England, won four Tonys in 2014, including Best Musical, along with many other awards. Notably, the roles of all the D’Ysquith (think “dies quick”) victims in this daffy farce are played by the same energetic actor. Although serial murder isn’t a typical theme for a musical, A Gentleman’s Guide doesn’t have the gruesome darkness of, say, Swee-


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