Disney's recent trend of rebooting classicsnot going away any time soon

Disney's animated retelling of a Hans Christian Andersen story, "The Little Mermaid" has already taken on Manhattan with its Broadway adaptation, but now the East Coast is going to get its share.According to reports, Disney is going to produce another live-action show for the Hollywood Bowl, and a lot of big names are attached to the project. Ariel, the titular mermaid who makes a Faustian deal with a witch to become human, and who does not exactly end up the tragic heroine Andersen intended, is expected to be played by songstress, Sara Bareilles, who is known for her song, "(I'm Not Gonna Write You a) Love Song.


Austrailian comic actress Rebel Wilson is expected to play Ursula, the show's villainous sea witch, who is set to win Ariel's soul if she fails to win the love of the human boy she pines for, Prince Eric.Darren Criss, known for his work on Glee, is also attached to play said prince. To round out the rest of the cast,Tituss Burgess, known forUnbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, will play Ariel's crab friend, Sebastian,NormLewis will play Ariel's father, King Triton, and John Stamos, of Full House fame, is attached to play Chef Louis. Fans may remember Louis as the chef who sings "Les Poissons," a song about cooking and preparing fish.

The upcoming show is expected to be a combination of the original movie's book and that of the Broadway show, with songs written for the latter expected to be performed.“I’m so excited about that,” said Alan Menken, who composed the original film's score and wrote additional songs for the stage show, in a released statement, “Seeing the material from the movie wedded to the Broadway show will be incredible.”

That said, this new show will not exactly be a play-show.

It is confirmed the actors will sing over the original animated film playing on a screen, backed up by a live orchestra. At this point, it seems like it will be similar to howThe Wizard of Oz in Concert played out.

Two shows are currently planned, one on June 3rd and an encore performance on June 4th.

Tickets for the show will be available online through ticketmasterstarting April 9th and 10th, respectively.

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