Book/Lyrics… Howard Ashman
Music… Marvin Hamlisch
Brenda Freelander, mother, former pageant contestant, and pageant coordinator… Marsha Waterbury
“Big” Bob Freelander, head judge, husband to Brenda.. .Jeff McCarthy
Doria Hudson, contestant from Yuba city… Jodi Benson
Robin Gibson, Atelope Valley contestant, shy, unsure of herself… Anne Marie Bobby
Shawn Christianson, La Jolla constestat, outgoing, smart, visible youthful glow… Tia Riebling
Maria Gonzales, Salinas young american miss contestant, a spicy, sassy Mexcian girl… Cheryl-Ann Rossi
Tommy French, pageant choreographer, could care less… Michael O’Gormon
Ted Farley, an out of town radio host, Emcee of the pageant… Dick Patterson
After Howard Ashman’s musical “Smile” played at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre in New York City, the movie “The Little Mermaid” that starred Jodi Benson as the voice of Ariel (and was the leading role in “Smile”) was adapted for the Broadway stage. It just so happened that the stage version of “The Little Mermaid” played in the very same theatre!
So this is one of my favorite songs from the show. I’ve got two versions lined up here, and I’m curious to hear from people which they like the most?
First we have the originator of the role, Jodi Benson. This recording is a post-production recording given out to people considering doing the show. It is often misunderstood that this is a “Demo” recording.
Next we have one of my favorite Broadway singers, Kerry Butler, in a live performance.