The beloved animated classic, Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” will be given new life for a special evening at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, June 4th. The special event will star Sara Bareilles and Rebel Wilson as the headline an all-star cast of performers singing the songs from the Oscar and Grammy-winning score. The film will also play on the Bowl’s movie screen accompanied by a full, live orchestra. Tickets for the event will go on sale at ticketmaster.com at 10:00am Pacific on Saturday, April 9.
In addition to Grammy-nominated artist Sara Bareilles (“Brave” and “Waitress”) singing the songs of Ariel and Rebel Wilson (“Pitch Perfect 1 & 2” and “How To Be Single”) as Ursula, the singing cast includes John Stamos (“Grandfathered”) as Chef Louis, Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) as Sebastian, Norm Lewis (“Porgy and Bess”) as King Triton, Darren Criss (“Glee”) as Prince Eric and Joshua Colley (Broadway’s “A Bronx Tale: The Musical”) as Flounder.
“I suppose this is the part where I say ‘dreams do come true,'” said Sara Bareilles. “I am truly honored and excited beyond words to be a part of a performance of one of my favorite scores and stories of all time. I’ve been pretending I was Ariel in swimming pools since I was a little girl, and now I get to pretend on a bigger stage. This is just fantastic.”
“I’m so excited to be singing live at the Hollywood Bowl with an amazing cast of singers,” said Rebel Wilson. “I’ve never been to the Hollywood Bowl so for my first time there, to actually be invited to sing, is such an incredible honor. THE LITTLE MERMAID is one of my absolute favorite movies. Alan Menken is a complete genius and I am really looking forward to meeting him at rehearsals. I am beyond a fan-girl. I hope to do the amazing Pat Carroll [the original animated singing voice] proud performing Ursula’s song. It’s just such a delicious role that I’ve always wanted to play. This will be such a great event for the whole family to attend.”
Opening the show will be eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken singing a medley at the piano of his beloved hits including songs from Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Newsies, Enchanted, and Tangled. Menken composed The Little Mermaid’s songs with lyricist Howard Ashman. As The Little Mermaid plays on the Hollywood Bowl’s movie screen, conductor MICHAEL KOSARIN will lead a 71-piece orchestra and 12-person choir performing the film’s Oscar-winning score live to film.
Alan Menken said, “It is such an unbelievable abundance of riches to have my score for The Little Mermaid performed by a live orchestra, with incredible guest artists at the Hollywood Bowl. The only people who ever got to hear it that way were the artists at the Todd-AO Recording Stage almost 30 years ago. From the animated film to our Broadway production to events like this one, it is just incredible to realize the emotional investment people continue to have with this musical.”
Beloved musical numbers from The Little Mermaid, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls” and “Part of Your World” will be performed live on stage by the all-star cast, accompanied by orchestra. Also in store will be performances of a few of the songs from the Tony®-nominated Broadway adaptation of THE LITTLE MERMAID with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater. Music Supervisors for the show are Grammy-nominees Julia Michels & Julianne Jordan (“Pitch Perfect”).
The concept of performing an animated musical live to film was embraced enthusiastically last Halloween to sold-out crowds with Disney’s Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Live In Concert At The Hollywood Bowl. The producing team have reunited to present Disney’s The Little Mermaid Live In Concert At The Hollywood Bowl. Producers are Andrew Hewitt & Bill Silva Presents, Laura Engel & Richard Kraft and Tim Fox & Alison Ahart Williams, in association with Disney Concerts. Concert creative direction is by Richard Kraft.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid Live In Concert is produced under license by Disney Concerts, a division of ABC Inc. Disney Concerts currently licenses 14 different concert packages including, Fantasia, Pixar In Concert, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice In Wonderland, Frozen, Ratatouille, The Pirates of the Caribbean series (episodes I-IV), and Silly Symphonies, which last year accounted for approximately 325 performances in some of the world’s top venues, including, Lincoln Center, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Forum and the Hollywood Bowl.
Doors will open at 6:30PM with a costume contest to follow, and the concert beginning at 8:00PM.