By Amanda Wicks
Sara Bareilles will soon be donning a red wig to play the role of Ariel in The Little Mermaid at Hollywood Bowl on June 4th. The film becomes the latest to receive the venue’s unique outdoor treatment, which involves major artists performing songs from a popular children’s movie while it plays in the background (via Billboard).
“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,” Bareilles said in a statement.
Rebel Wilson will star opposite Bareilles by playing the sea witch Ursula. The rest of the cast includes John Stamos as Chef Louis, Tituss Burgess as Sebastian and Darren Criss as Prince Eric.
Co-composer Alan Menken also has plans to include original music he composed for the Broadway play alongside the movie’s classic songs. “Her Voice,” which Prince Eric sings, happens to be one of his favorites. “Seeing the material from the movie wedded to the Broadway show will be incredible,” he said.
Danny Elfman performed a special Halloween show at Hollywood Bowl in 2015 when he reprised his role as Jack Skellington for The Nightmare Before Christmas.