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The Little Mermaid Live Musical ABC

The Little Mermaid Live! Musical/Movie Hybrid Event Set at ABC

Ariel and her fishy friends are about to become part of your (real) world.

ABC is planning The Wonderful World of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live!, which is described as a “live action/animation hybrid television experience.” The event is slated for the fall.

A release for the two-hour event says it will “intertwine” Disney’s animated take on the Hans Christian Andersen classic with live musical performances “via cutting-edge technology.” (Did anyone else’s mind just flash to those Disney nights on Dancing With the Stars?)

Celebrity performers will be announced at a later time.

Look for the sardine to begin the beguine on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

A live musical adaptation of The Little Mermaid, featuring the movie’s Academy Award-winning songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, ran on Broadway from 2008 to 2009.

Are you looking forward to seeing if, indeed, each little clam here knows how to jam here? Sound off in the comments!

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  1. Lola says:

    Under The Sea. Darling it’s better down where it wetter….

  2. Van says:

    Why don’t they bring back the wonderful world of disney and rerun all the old specials

    • Jennifer says:

      That would be nice. But no, why do something that makes sense?

    • anon says:

      That would awesome! The ones that were on in the 90s/00s were really good (I’m biased because that was appointment viewing for my little kid self but still).

  3. I’m so excited for this!!!

  4. JK3 says:

    They should try to get Tituss Burgess to reprise the role he played on Broadway,Sebastian. His performance of Kiss the Girl is just divine.

  5. is to early to ask for Matt Bomer for Prince Eric??

    • Ann says:

      He would be awesome! But maybe a bit too old for that role now.

    • abz says:

      He’s not too old for me. Cast Ariel a bit older maybe and it’d be fine. The man is gorgeous and pretty much a real-life Prince Eric doppleganger. Plus he can sing too. Never saw the broadway musical, so I don’t know if Eric sings in it, but I’d never pass up an opportunity to hear Matt Bomer sing again.

  6. Ann says:

    That’s awesome! ABC should also do the Frozen musical live while the show is still popular with kids..it’ll be ratings gold!

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  8. LaDonna says:

    I’m thrilled that all of these musicals are coming to TV, but I sincerely hope that the networks give them the treatment they deserve. We don’t need more Rocky Horror train wrecks. If they’re well done, this is a great new outlet for the theater!

  9. Mark says:

    Interesting. I’ll be tuning in.

  10. Haylscat says:

    Melissa Benoist for Ariel, please.