The classic tale of The Little Mermaid will soon be a live-TV event on Disney’s ABC Network. A new poster featuring the cast of the show has just been released ahead of the November 5th air-date at 8pm ET. Be sure to set your DVRs as you won’t want to miss this live performance.
The live production will feature 12 songs from the movie that will be blended with footage from the 1989 movie.
Here the cast talks about the production in special behind the scenes footage.
The cast includes Auli’i Cravalho (Moana) as Ariel, Queen Latifah as Ursula, Shaggy as Sebastian and Graham Phillips as Prince Eric. John Stamos will reprise his role as the eccentric French cook that he played in the Hollywood Bowl production of “The Little Mermaid.”
Both Stamos and Phillips will draw from their extensive stage experience, Stamos having made his Broadway debut in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” before joining the casts of Tony Award-nominated “The Best Man,” and Tony Award-winning musicals “Nine” and “Cabaret,” among others. Phillips originated the role of Evan in Broadway’s “13.”
Meet the cast:
“The Wonderful World of Disney presents The Little Mermaid Live!” will honor the 30th anniversary of the beloved animated classic through a never-before-seen hybrid format that will take viewers on a magical adventure under the sea as live musical performances by a star-studded cast are interwoven into the broadcast of the original feature film.
The live musical event will feature beautifully intricate sets and costumes by three-time Emmy Award-winning designer, Zaldy, with music from the original animated film and the Tony Award-nominated 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 star-studded spectacular as well. Joining this all-star creative team are choreographers Nick Florez and RJ Durrell, who recently completed work on P!nk’s The Beautiful Trauma World Tour.
This is not to be confused with live-action feature film version of The Little Mermaid that Walt Disney Studios will release. Lin-Manuel Miranda has joined Alan Menken to write new songs for that movie.