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Last weekend a popular summer outing locale in LA got turned into The Hollywood FISH Bowl. For three nights, Disney and the Hollywood Bowl partnered for a fantastic presentation of The Little Mermaid in honor of its thirty years! What started out as one Saturday show turned into three sold out nights that included special surprise guests and sing-alongs.
The all-star cast included Sara Bareilles, Rebel Wilson, John Stamos, Tituss Burgess, Darren Criss, Norm Lewis and Joshua Colley. Oscar Winning composer, Alan Menken was there as our fantastic opening act. You know his work from more than just The Little Mermaid. Think of your favorite recent disney musical movie or cartoon and he probably had a hand in it. From Aladdin to Hunchback to Enchanted and headed to theaters March 2017, Beauty and the Beast.
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I tried to “go live” on Facebook while I was there Saturday night, but sadly, so did everyone else. So my video is choppy and not the best audio. I did however find some of the best bits on youtube to share with you. You don’t want to miss Rebel Wilson as Ursula, John Stamos as Chef Louie and Darren Criss as Prince Eric. Because some of the movie characters didn’t have songs, they preformed songs from the Broadway version. Norm Lewis is currently King Triton on Broadway and Joshua Colley who played Flounder is currently in Les Miserables. (Bonus: Broadway junkies check out the end of this post for a quick little Joshua Colley tribute. The most amazing 14 year old singer I’ve heard in a long time!)
Seriously, Disney, you should really think about partnering with any venue anywhere and do sing alongs or other special musical events like this. People will come, if you build it, they will come. wait wrong movie…
What is your favorite Disney movie to sing along to?
When Josh Colley stepped on stage I realized I had heard him sing before, and I haven’t seen him in anything. What I had seen him in is a video from MCC Theater fundraiser called Miscast where Broadway’s best and brightest genderbend some of our favorite roles.
Josh was joined by Luca Padovan currently in School of Rock and Douglas Baldeo from Kinky Boots in this fantastic rendition of The Schuyler Sisters from Hamilton.
Were you at the Bowl this weekend or see these videos from Little Mermaid Live?