US television network ABC has just aired its live telecast of “The Little Mermaid live” starring Auli’i Cravalho as Ariel. Jodi Benson, the original voice of Ariel in the 1989 animated movie, began the evening by saying, “I am so thrilled to be here. I can’t believe it has been over 3 decades since I sang ‘Part of Your World’ for our new, exciting, Disney animated musical called, ‘The Little Mermaid.'”
“We celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of the most beloved Disney films of all time with the unique musical presentation– half our original film, half live spectacle, but 100% pure Disney magic.”
Cravalho is joined by Queen Latifah as Ursula, Shaggy as Sebastian, John Stamos as Chef Louis, and Graham Phillips as Prince Eric. The live concert weaved together Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s songs from the original 1989 animated Disney movie, as well as songs from the Broadway production, where Glenn Slater also served as lyricist.
You can catch some highlights from the show in the videos below. The first one features Phillips, together with the rest of the company, performing “Fathoms Below.”
Cravalho sings the iconic song, “Part of Your World.”
Shaggy and the rest of the company perform the colorful number, “Under the Sea.”
Queen Latifah sings the deliciously wicked, “Poor Unfortunate Souls.”
John Stamos and the company perform the farcical, “Les Poissons”