I am so excited to Announce that I will be performing at the Hollywood Bowl on June 4th, and 5th.
Ariel will make her Hollywood Bowl debut June 4 when Sara Bareilles and Rebel Wilson headline a cast performing the songs from Disney’s The Little Mermaid as the film plays backed by a 71-piece live orchestra.
Bareilles will play Ariel, the titular mermaid, while Wilson has signed on as Ursula, the sea witch. The cast also includes John Stamos as Chef Louis, Tituss Burgess as Sebastian, Darren Criss as Prince Eric, Norm Lewis as King Triton and Joshua Colley as Flounder.
The idea for the Hollywood Bowl recreation came about as The Little Mermaid’s co-composer, eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, and his representative, Kraft-Engel Management co-owner Richard Kraft, were discussing possible touring plans. “Richard said, ‘how would you feel about a live performance of The Little Mermaid with the film, orchestra and guest performers?’ I said, ‘you’ve got to be kidding. That would be unreal!,’” recalls Menken. Menken, who co-wrote the music for the 1989 film with his late partner Howard Ashman, says this will mark the first time his score has been performed in its entirety by a live orchestra since he recorded it at Todd-AO Recording Stage more than 25 years ago. “That was my very first full score for a film,” he tells Billboard. “I was nervous and I learned an immense amount both in the writing and in the recording of the score.”
Among Menken’s beloved songs from the movie are “Under the Sea,” “Kiss The Girl,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls” and “Part of Your World,” which Bareilles recently went into an impromptu performance of on March 30 to entertain the audience when part of the set quit working in her new Broadway play Waitress.
“I’ve been pretending I was Ariel in swimming pools since I was a little girl, and now I get to pretend on a bigger stage. This is just fantastic,” said Bareilles in a statement.
Wilson labels herself a Menken “fan-girl,” in a statement, adding Ursula is “just such a delicious role that I’ve always wanted to play.”
The Hollywood Bowl performance will also include additional songs Menken co-wrote for the Broadway version of The Little Mermaid, including his favorite, “Her Voice,” sung by Prince Eric. “I’m so excited about that,” he says. “Seeing the material from the movie wedded to the Broadway show will be incredible.”
Michael Kosarin, who has worked with Menken since 1994, will lead the orchestra and a 12-person choir.
Come join me (as Flounder!) and other special guests (including Sara Bareilles singing the songs of Ariel, Rebel Wilson as Ursula, Tituss Burgess as Sebastian, Norm Lewis as King Triton, Darren Criss as Prince Eric and John Stamos as Chef Louis)at The Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, June 4 at 8pm for “Disney’s The Little Mermaid in Concert” live to film with orchestra!
As a special treat for my fans here is a link to have the opportunity to buy tickets now before they go on sale to the general public on Saturday– http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0B005079A96F32FD
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