Stage and screen star Lea Michele (Spring Awakening, Glee) stars in the title role of The Little Mermaid—An Immersive Live-to-Film Concert Experience, which plays the Hollywood Bowl May 17 and 18 at 8 PM.
Backed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra—conducted by Michael Kosarin—the cast also includes multiple Tony winner Harvey Fierstein as Ursula, Cheech Marin as Chef Louis, Ken Page as Sebastian, Peter Gallagher as King Triton, Leo Gallo as Prince Eric, and Joshua Turchin as Flounder. Special guest for the evening is composer Alan Menken.
The concerts coincide with the 30th anniversary of the classic Disney film. The artists will perform songs from the Oscar- and Grammy-winning score as the film plays on the Bowl’s movie screen. The iconic venue will also be transformed into the Hollywood Fish Bowl Dive-In Theater.
To recreate the feeling of an underwater night out at the “dive-in,” the two performances also feature a full program of aquatically themed previews of coming attractions, nostalgic animated snack bar commercials, and the 1938 Silly Symphony cartoon Merbabies, featuring the world premiere of a live original score composed and performed by 17-year-old piano sensation Emily Bear.
Audiences are invited to participate in a Little Mermaid-themed costume contest and unique photo opportunities.
A stage version of The Little Mermaid opened on Broadway in 2008 featuring music by Alan Menken, a book by Doug Wright, and lyrics by Glenn Slater and the late Howard Ashman. The film and the stage musical follow the story of headstrong Ariel, a mermaid with dreams beyond the ocean floor.
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(Updated May 17, 2019)