Disney animated classic "The Little Mermaid" is turning 30 later this year, and to celebrate, the film is staging a splashy concert special event in Hollywood this summer.
The Hollywood Bowl announced on Monday that it will host The Little Mermaid: An Immersive Live-to-Film Concert Experience over a span of two nights in August. The unique production will feature a screening of the original 1989 film, accompanied by an all-star cast performing its iconic songs (plus several from the Broadway show) live, backed by a full orchestra. Special projection mapping technology will be used to turn the Bowl -- rechristened the Hollywood Fish Bowl for the occasion -- into what organizers are calling "living scenery."
As if that weren't exciting enough on its own, the cast itself is killer. It stars:
- Lea Michele as Ariel
- Harvey Fierstein as Ursula
- Cheech Marin as Chef Louis
- Peter Gallagher as King Triton
- Leo Gallo (Netflix musical reality series "Westside") as Prince Eric
- Ken Page ("The Nightmare Before Christmas") as Sebastian
And the film's Oscar-winning composer, Alan Menken, will also appear. He's being billed as a "special guest," so audiences will have to wait and see what role he plays in the performance.
If this event is even half as epic as past Bowl-Disney collaborations (including last year's equally star-studded "Beauty and the Beast" concert), attendees are in for a real treat. The Little Mermaid: An Immersive Live-to-Film Concert Experience is set for August 17 and August 18. More information can be found here.