“The Little Mermaid” to be Reimagined in “The Wonderful World of Disney presents The Little Mermaid Live”

To honor the 30th anniversary of one of the most beloved Disney films of all time, The Wonderful World of Disney and ABC are proud to present a spectacular, live musical event showcasing The Little Mermaid.

  • This special tribute to the original animated classic and its timeless music will take viewers on a magical adventure under the sea as live musical performances by a star-studded cast will be interwoven into the broadcast of the original feature film.
  • This never-before-seen hybrid format will feature beautifully intricate sets and costumes, with music from the original animated film and the Tony Award-winning Broadway stage version, originally composed by eight-time Oscar-winning composer and Disney Legend, Alan Menken.
  • Howard Ashman’s iconic film lyrics will also be showcased, while lyricist for the Broadway adaptation, Glenn Slater, will contribute to the star-studded spectacular.
  • Following her breakout role as the voice of Moana, Auli’i Cravalho will make a splash as Ariel in the live studio production.
  • Oscar-nominated, and GRAMMY, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning R&B artist, actor and producer Queen Latifah is set to play Ursula.
  • Renowned reggae musician, singer, DJ, actor and GRAMMY-winning artist Shaggy will voice the beloved crustacean, Sebastian.
  • Additional cast announcements will be made at a later date.
  • The special will be produced by Done+Dusted and executive producers include Done+Dusted’s Hamish Hamilton, who will also direct, Katy Mullan, David Jammy, Raj Kapoor and Ian Stewart.
  • Also executive producing is Richard Kraft, producer and director of the acclaimed Hollywood Bowl productions of The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.
  • The Wonderful World of Disney presents The Little Mermaid Live! will air Tuesday, November 5 (8:00 – 10:00 p.m. EST), live on ABC.
  • This is actually ABC’s second attempt at this live musical event after it was first announced in May 2017 only to be postponed in July of that same year.