The newest dwell TV musical occasion hit ABC on Tuesday (Nov. 5) with The Little Mermaid Live!. Unlike most of its predecessors, Little Mermaid was a mix of dwell musical performances in entrance of a theater viewers (with songs from the movie and the stage model) and pictures from the beloved 1989 animated Disney traditional, which was much less jarring than you’d count on.

From Queen Latifah​’s scenery-chomping Ursula to John Stamos’ wacky cameo because the crab-crazed chef, these are our 5 favourite moments from The Little Mermaid Live! on ABC. 

“Fathoms Below” Comes Out on Top

Ariel may be from the underside of the ocean, however Little Mermaid Live kicked off on a sky-high be aware with a rip-roaring run by way of of “Fathoms Below.” In a film famend for producing quite a few Disney all-time classics, this tune is hardly probably the most memorable musically talking, however the solid of the ABC manufacturing imbued it with such joyous verve that it was inconceivable to not smile. From Graham Phillips’ glowing stage presence to the energetic choreography to the real-live canine enjoying Max to the viewers members waving ribbons, it was a delight. 

Queen Latifah Scares Up a Win As Ursula

While all the present was effectively solid, whoever got here up with the concept of Queen Latifah as Ursula deserves an Emmy. Like the ocean witch dominating each inch of her lair, Latifah owned the stage, prowling round with a scrumptious combination of sneering exasperation and sardonic camp in “Poor Unfortunate Souls.” Thanks to her historical past as a hip-hop pioneer, the Queen readily spat out the lyrics to what’s probably the most syllable-stuffed tune in The Little Mermaid with ease. Whether flicking her eyes deviously concerning the stage, belting out the buttery remaining notes or cackling maniacally right into a glowing shell containing Ariel’s voice, Latifah introduced unity to Twitter — principally everybody agreed she was the present’s MVP.

John Stamos Gives It His All For “Les Poissons”

Uncle Jesse didn’t come to play. Stamos, full with ponytail and handlebar mustache, danced and sang his method because the murderous Chef Louis. His thrill at slashing and stuffing the (faux) crab whereas affecting a heavy French accent made it a pure triumph. And the actor’s personal pleasure along with his scene-stealing function shone by way of to a delighted viewers.

We’ll Do It Live

While the selection to current The Little Mermaid as half-animated film and half-live live performance was actually attention-grabbing, the dwell portion — juxtaposed in opposition to the film — positively impressed. From Amber Riley’s charming and highly effective “Daughters of Triton” to Shaggy’s colourful “Under the Sea,” the set design and staging took this musical to the subsequent stage. Especially thrilling? Auliʻi Cravalho as Ariel “swimming” by way of the air throughout “Part of Your World.”

It’s The Little More-maid

Fans of the 1989 movie who’ve by no means seen the Broadway musical might need been confused when Prince Eric — performed by Graham Phillips — started his solo “Her Voice.” That bewilderment might need devolved much more when he dueted with Cravalho’s Ariel on “If Only.” But the addition of the Broadway tunes added a pleasant contact to the acquainted.


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