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Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

The Little Mermaid Live! Musical/Movie Hybrid Event Set at ABC

The Little Mermaid Live! Musical/Movie Hybrid Event Set at ABC

Last fall, a concert also entitled Little Mermaid Live was held at the Hollywood Bowl and included performances by Sara Bareilles, Rebel Wilson, Jodi Benson, and John Stamos.

According to a press release, the two-hour special event will differ from previous live television musicals. Why?

The news also comes days after both NBC and Fox doubled down on their own live musical specials. To our excitement, the first musical ABC will start with is The Wonderful World of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live! .

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.

Alternatively, if Disney wanted to go less pop star and more theatrical diva, just imagine what Broadway vet and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Donna Lynne Champlin could do. Beauty and the Beast hit box office gold back in March, and ABC is hoping to hit pay dirt with its Dirty Dancing remake this month.

"The Wonderful World of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live!" airs on ABC on October 3.

This project is not to be confused with Disney's upcoming live-action Little Mermaid feature film, which will get an assist from Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken.

ABC is about to take fans under the sea.

The show was announced at the annual network pitch to advertisers.

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