ABC is getting in on the live musical trend.
The Wonderful World of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live, which will intertwine the beloved 1989 animated film with live musical performances via cutting-edge technology. The live-action/animated hybrid will feature a roster of celebrity artists singing Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s Oscar-winning songs. These celebrity performances will be woven seamlessly throughout the original animated film.
Premiering Tuesday, Oct. 3, the two-hour special will be produced by Done + Dusted (CBS’ Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show), with Hamish Hamilton, Ian Stewart, David Jammy, Katy Mullan and Richard Kraft, of Kraft-Engel Productions, serving as executive producers.
While a departure from the traditional live-action musicals that have aired on NBC (The Sound of Music, Hairspray) and Fox (Grease) in recent years, ABC’s decision to combine the animated film with live performances is a nod to similar live concerts held at the Hollywood Bowl. Last June, A-listers including John Stamos and Darren Criss performed the tunes of The Little Mermaid live while the animated film played in the background.
Here’s hoping the producers pick one from Broadway version. This one takes the cake and it’s oh so yummy: