Like every other girl in the world who was born sometime in the ’90s, I’m a ridiculously giant Disney fan. I watched “Pocahontas,” “The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “The Little Mermaid,” along with all the rest of them, religiously. I would pick up a couch cushion and put it on the floor so that I could sit closer to the TV and sing along. My parents have home videos of me in the bathtub singing like Ariel, and I’ve been trying to re-create the scene where she launches herself perfectly onto that rock while a wave crests behind her for the past two decades. I loved all the movies, but that was the one I chose the most. Now, in an announcement that literally brought me to tears, I just might have the chance to experience the magic all over again.
In a recent announcement by Billboard, the news was launched that “The Little Mermaid” is coming back to life in the form of a live cast performing the songs as the film plays, backed by a 71-piece orchestra. The show will be at the Hollywood Bowl on June 4th, totally live, and that’s not even the best part. The cast? It literally couldn’t be any more perfect.
The enormously talented Sara Bareilles, fresh from the recent success of her Broadway play, Waitress (the soundtrack of which I’ve had on repeat for weeks), will play Ariel. She even gave us a little sneak peek on March 30th, when there was a technical problem during the Waitress production and she performed an impromptu but a stellar version of “Part Of Your World” to stall for time.
Our favorite acapella girl, Rebel Wilson, will play Ursula, Darren Criss (swoon) as Prince Eric, Tituss Burgess as Sebastian, and even John Stamos as Chef Louis (double swoon).
Tickets go on sale tomorrow, and I know I’m going to be getting mine faster than you can say “under the sea.”.
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