'Little Mermaid Live!' To Air On ABC

ABC’s The Little Mermaid Live! , based mostly on what director and executive producer Hamish Hamilton advised EW, “could be very, very completely different to any of the musicals that have been done earlier than as a result of primarily it’s 50 percent the unique feature and 50 percent live musical performance.” Starring Disney royalty Auli’i Cravalho (Moana) as Ariel, Graham Phillips (The Good Wife) as Prince Eric, Queen Latifah as Ursula, John Stamos as Chef Louis, and Shaggy as Sebastian, together with Amber Riley (Glee) as the emcee of the event, ABC’s first foray into the reside musical house guarantees to be a completely unique expertise as all the songs might be performed stay but all of the scenes will air straight from the animated function. Joining them have been Broadway alums John Stamos (Bye Bye Birdie, Full House) as Chef Louis, and Graham Phillips (13, The Good Wife) as Prince Eric alongside recording artist Shaggy as Sebastian. Original Ariel Jodi Benson launched the proceedings, which combined a screening of the 1989 Disney animated film with musical numbers from the film and Broadway musical performed by the live performers.
The rest of the program’s musical numbers, sung by Queen Latifah, Shaggy and John Stamos, are broadcast live. The film then resumes for some minutes, before returning to the sound stage for another track.
The singer and actress revealed to People in 2015 that she almost did not audition for the role however was noticed by a certain Oahu casting agent who convinced her otherwise. Though Who died from Full House , two-legged adventures obtained off to a good begin — Eric even invited her to live with him, no questions requested!
Auliʻi Cravalho stars as Princess Ariel, alongside Queen Latifah, Shaggy, John Stamos, Amber Riley and Graham Phillips. The hybrid format particular was performed in entrance of a stay audience on the Disney lot, where the film was projected on a large projection floor and interwoven with reside musical performances of songs from the movie and the Broadway stage model. The Little Mermaid Live! aired on ABC on November 5, 2019, as part of The Wonderful World of Disney brand.
What was live was good, what wasn’t became diminished by expectations and comparisons — that’s not a super mix, and I’ll take an bold failure over half-a-musical any day. (Plus, in the event that they modified the dialogue scenes, they may’ve reworked the story so Ariel didn’t give up her life and family to marry some dude.) “The Little Mermaid Live” will probably be remembered for what wasn’t there more than what was, and that’s been the demise toll for live musicals so far. (Remember “Rent”? No? That’s as a result of it wasn’t exactly as-marketed either.) By the time Ariel and her Prince are able to have fun their wedding, all the electric vitality generated by a reside audience watching a stay efficiency dissipated because the previous movie’s ending performed out uninterrupted. The grandeur is real, but it didn’t feel earned.
airs Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.