Everything you need to know about 'The Little Mermaid Live!'

ByJennifer Matarese WTVD logo
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Everything you need to know about 'The Little Mermaid Live!'
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"The Wonderful World of Disney presents The Little Mermaid Live!" hits your TV on November 5th on ABC!

"The Wonderful World of Disney presents The Little Mermaid Live!" will air November 5 at 8|7c on ABC to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the animated classic.

Let's take a look at everything you need to know about this must-see event:

What is it?

This special honors the 30th anniversary of the beloved Disney movie! Can you believe Ariel's been part of our world for nearly three decades?

It's a never-before-seen hybrid format that will take viewers on a magical adventure under the sea -- Live musical performances by a star-studded cast will be interwoven into the broadcast of the original feature film

About the music ...

This special will feature 12 live musical performances throughout the night.

Little Mermaid lovers will recognize the music from the original animated film and the Tony Award-nominated Broadway stage version, originally composed by eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken.

Howard Ashman's iconic film lyrics will be showcased, and Glenn Slater, lyricist for the Broadway adaptation, will contribute to the star-studded spectacular as well.

Who is in the cast?

Auli'I Cravalho as Ariel -- a.k.a. the voice of Disney's "Moana."

Queen Latifah as Ursula -- the Oscar-nominated, and Grammy, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning R&B artist, actor, and producer.

Graham Phillips as Prince Eric -- he's known from his roles in "The Good Wife" and "Riverdale."

Shaggy as Sebastian -- the renowned reggae musician, singer, DJ, actor and Grammy-winning artist

John Stamos as Chef Louis -- two-time Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer of "Full House" and "Fuller House." He also starred as Chef Louis in the Hollywood Bowl production of "The Little Mermaid."

Amber Riley, of "Glee," will serve as the night's emcee.

Behind-the-scenes details

The live musical event will feature beautifully intricate sets and costumes by three-time Emmy Award-winning designer, Zaldy.

Joining this all-star creative team are choreographers Nick Florez and RJ Durrell, who recently completed work on Pink's world tour. Pay attention to their amazing aerialist work throughout some of the performances.

A team of experienced puppeteers will also help some of the sea creatures come to life!

"The Wonderful World of Disney presents The Little Mermaid Live!," airs Tuesday, November 5th from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. EST, live on ABC.

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