Prepare for a nostalgia overload! That’s because on Friday night (June 3), The Little Mermaid Live, a stage production of the beloved 1989 Disney film, hit the Hollywood Bowl for a limited run.
Among the all-singing, all-dancing cast were singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles as Ariel, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s Tituss Burgess as Sebastian the crab, Glee‘s Darren Criss as Prince Eric, Broadway’s Norm Lewis as Triton, 13-year-old Joshua Colley as Flounder, and John Stamos as Chef Louis.
But it was Rebel Wilson‘s performance as the wicked sea witch Ursula that got people to their feet. There, in a huge blonde wig, backed by a 71-piece orchestra and in front of a packed audience of 17,000 people in the Hollywood Bowl Friday night (June 3), the Pitch Perfect star belted out Ursula’s signature tune “Poor Unfortunate Souls”, and she was, well, pitch perfect.
She even gave a shimmy when the “real” Ursula did one on a huge screen above the stage. Here she is:
Other songs from the Grammy- and Oscar-winning soundtrack included “If Only,” “Les Poissons,” and “Part of Your World,” while Tituss Burgess brought down the Bowl with “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl.”
“I could play this role for the rest of my life,” he tweeted the next day. The show ended with the entire cast on stage, including the voice of the original Ariel, Jodi Benson, for an encore of “Under the Sea.”
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