1) In Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” the titular character, Ariel, visits a Sea Witch and exchanges her voice for legs and feet to win a prince’s heart. The catch? Every step that she takes is painful. Worse, the prince still marries someone else. Ariel can transform back into a mermaid, but she must kill the prince and let his blood drip on her feet. The 1989 Disney animated film forgoes many of these macabre details for a happy ending and upbeat numbers like “Under the Sea.” The adaptation worked, for The Little Mermaid began the Disney Renaissance, a string of successful films which included Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. An On-Broadway production of The Little Mermaid officially opened in 2008. The musical comes to the Benedum and is by Doug Wright, Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Glenn Slater. Audiences are likely to enjoy not only the story and songs but also the set design and performances, which create the illusion of being underwater. 8 p.m. Performances through June 25. 237 7th St., Cultural District. (CM)
2) Our battlin’ Buccos play the Colorado Rockies tonight. There’s no promotions just good ‘ol baseball. Grab a hot dog, beer, and some Cracker Jack. The Pirates open a three-game home stand against the Chicago Cubs on Friday. 7:05 p.m. PNC Park, 115 Federal St., North Shore.