Hollywood Bowl's The Little Mermaid, Starring Sara Bareilles, Set to Begin
The Hollywood Bowl concert production of Disney's The Little Mermaid begins its three-night run this evening. The show will star Sara Bareilles — Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and composer of Broadway's new musical Waitress — in the June 3 and 4 performances, and Jodi Benson, the original voice of Ariel, on June 6.
The cast will also feature Rebel Wilson as Ursula, the sea witch, John Stamos as Chef Louis, Tituss Burgess as Sebastian (the role he originated on Broadway), Darren Criss as Prince Eric, Tony nominee Norm Lewis as King Triton (the role he originated on Broadway), and Joshua Colley as Flounder.
Backed by a 71-piece live orchestra, the ensemble will perform songs from the original score while the 1989 film plays. Michael Kosarin will conduct the orchestra as well as a 12-person choir. The concert will also feature numbers from the 2007 Broadway production, including the song "Her Voice," sung by Prince Eric (Criss).
In addition to Benson, the June 6 concert will also feature a host of other Disney originals — Susan Egan (Meg in Hercules) and Brad Kane (the singing voice of Aladdin) — as special guest stars.