Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ coming to Hollywood Bowl with live orchestra
The phenomenon of screening popular movies with a live orchestra is heading under the sea with “The Little Mermaid” -- the 1989 Disney animated favorite -- which will come to the Hollywood Bowl this year.
The screening, set for June 4, will feature celebrity singers performing alongside a live orchestra and chorus. Also set to appear is Alan Menken, who composed the score for the movie.
Singer Sara Bareilles will perform the vocals for the heroine Ariel, a young mermaid who dreams of becoming human. Actress Rebel Wilson will perform Ursula, the sea-witch who grants the naive protagonist her wish.
The live cast will also include John Stamos in the part of Chef Louis (“Les Poissons”).
A spokeswoman for the event said that doors would open at 6:30 p.m. for an audience costume contest, with the concert event beginning at 8.
The screening at the Bowl will feature a 71-piece orchestra led by conductor Michael Kosarin, along with a 12-person choir, performing the movie’s Oscar-winning score live.
In addition to a costume contest, organizers said the screening will feature a fireworks spectacular. Songs from the Broadway version of “The Little Mermaid” will also be performed.
The cast will also include Norm Lewis as King Triton, Ariel’s father, and Joshua Colley, as Ariel’s friend Flounder. Tickets are set to go on sale starting Saturday.
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