ABC is working on “The Little Mermaid LIVE” with Auli’i Cravalho, Queen Latifah, and Shaggy. The TV presentation also celebrates the 30th anniversary of the original animated classic, and was confirmed by Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment.
The special tribute mixes live musical performances by the cast into the broadcast of the original feature film. The new hybrid format will feature music from the original animated film and the Tony Award-winning Broadway stage version, originally composed by eight-time Oscar-winning composer, Alan Menken. Howard Ashman’s iconic film lyrics will also be showcased, while lyricist for the Broadway adaptation, Glenn Slater, will contribute to the special. According to the network, “The Little Mermaid Live!” will air on November 5th on ABC.
Following her breakout role as the voice of Moana, Auli’i Cravalho will play the role of Ariel in the live studio production. Oscar-nominated and Grammy, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning artist, actor, and producer Queen Latifah is set to play Ursula. Grammy-winning artist Shaggy will voice the beloved crustacean, Sebastian. Disney stated that additional cast announcements will be made at a later date, so stay tuned for Flounder and Scuttle.
“The Wonderful World of Disney presents The Little Mermaid Live!” is produced by Done+Dusted. Executive producers include Done+Dusted’s Hamish Hamilton, who will also direct, Katy Mullan, David Jammy, Raj Kapoor and Ian Stewart. Also executive producing is Richard Kraft, producer and director of the acclaimed Hollywood Bowl productions of “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast.”
Disney is also working on a live-action movie adaptation of “The Little Mermaid,” with Halle Bailey expected to star as Ariel. There are also rumors that Harry Styles may play the role of Prince Eric. News on additional castings may be revealed during ABC’s special presentation later this year.
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