'The Little Mermaid' Live Musical Is Coming to ABC

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Ready to go "under the sea"?
ABC is jumping into the live musical game with a animated/live-action hybrid production of the Disney classic, The Little Mermaid, the network announced Tuesday.

In the two-hour event, ABC plans to take the 1989 animated feature film, which centers on Ariel, a young mermaid who trades in her voice to be human, and intertwining it with live musical performances through "cutting-edge technology" for its first live musical.

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It's an ambitious choice, to be sure. But we simply can't wait to see who will be slipping into Ariel's mermaid fin or making girls swoon as Prince Eric.
A cast of "celebrity artists" will be announced soon, whose performances will be weaved in throughout the animated film.

A performance of this ilk has actually been done before with The Little Mermaid. Last summer, an all-star cast led by Sara Bareilles and Darren Criss performed songs from the film for a handful of special concerts at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, while the original film played on the big screen.

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Live musicals continue to be all the rage for the broadcast networks, as Fox recently announced it will be bringing productions of Rent and A Christmas Story to the small screen and NBC will be debuting Jesus Christ Superstar.
The Wonderful World of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live! premieres Tuesday, Oct. 3 on ABC.