The Little Mermaid Live

Last Updated on: May 11th, 2024

The Little Mermaid Live (ABC Special)

“The Little Mermaid Live!” is a television special that aired on ABC in November 2019. It is a unique and innovative production that combines elements of a live musical performance with animated segments from Disney’s animated film “The Little Mermaid,” which was released in 1989.

The special is a tribute to the classic animated film and celebrates its 30th anniversary. It features a star-studded cast performing beloved songs from the original movie, accompanied by live musical arrangements and vocal performances.

The cast includes:

  1. Auli’i Cravalho as Ariel – Auli’i Cravalho is best known for voicing the title character in Disney’s animated film “Moana.”
  2. Graham Phillips as Prince Eric – Graham Phillips is an actor and singer, known for his roles in various television shows and musical theater productions.
  3. Queen Latifah as Ursula – Queen Latifah is a multi-talented entertainer and actress with a successful career in music, film, and television.
  4. John Stamos as Chef Louis – John Stamos is an actor and musician, known for his role as Uncle Jesse in the TV series “Full House.”
  5. Shaggy as Sebastian – Shaggy is a Jamaican-American reggae and pop singer known for hit songs like “Boombastic” and “It Wasn’t Me.”

The live musical performances are interspersed with animated segments from “The Little Mermaid,” bringing the underwater world of Ariel and her friends to life on the screen. The animated segments help to narrate the story and add visual elements that pay homage to the beloved animated classic.

“The Little Mermaid Live!” captures the spirit and magic of the original film while adding a new dimension with its live performances and modern interpretations of the songs. It was a one-night event that brought families and fans together to celebrate the enduring legacy of “The Little Mermaid” and its timeless music.

Additional Details:

  • Official Page
  • Year of Debut: 2019
  • Type of Series: Live
  • TV Channel/Platform: ABC
  • Awards: Nominated for Primetime Emmy


  • Auli’i Cravalho: Ariel
  • Queen Latifah: Ursula
  • Shaggy: Sebastian
  • John Stamos: Chef Louis
  • Graham Phillips: Prince Eric


  • Music: Alan Menken
  • Lyrics: Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater

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