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New date set for 'Little Mermaid' opening

Nov. 29, 2007 at 3:47 PM

NEW YORK, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- "The Little Mermaid," which played five sold-out previews before the Broadway stagehand strike shut it down, is slated to resume performances.

The new musical is set to go on Thursday night after it was dark for nearly three weeks because of the stagehand work stoppage.

"This was an unprecedented experience for all of us and we are excited to be going back into the theater," Thomas Schumacher, producer of the show and president of Disney Theatrical Productions, said in a statement. "We are eager to start performing again for our audiences, many of whom have been looking forward to seeing this show for a long time."

The show's official opening night has been re-scheduled for Jan. 10.

"The preview and rehearsal process is important to a new musical and despite missing nearly three weeks of performances, I give an enormous amount of credit to our brilliant cast, crew, musicians and entire creative team for keeping the momentum and picking up right where we left off," Schumacher said. "This is the joy of working with amazingly talented and driven people who want nothing more than to get back to work."

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