The Little Mermaid 2023
Disney's live-action version updates, and honors, 'Part of Your World,' 'Under the Sea' and more with help from a dance company and 86-piece orchestra.
Disney's latest live-action adaptation, "The Little Mermaid 2023," promises to be a visually stunning and musically impressive production. The classic animated film from 1989 has been given a modern update while also paying tribute to the beloved songs that have captivated generations. With the help of a dance company and an 86-piece orchestra, audiences will get to experience the enchanting underwater world of Ariel and her friends like never before. The film's score, which includes the iconic songs "Part of Your World" and "Under the Sea," has been reimagined with a contemporary spin while also staying true to the original's melodies and lyrics. The dance company, led by award-winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli, has helped to bring the story to life through movement and expression. The intricate choreography seamlessly blends with the film's stunning visual effects, creating a world that is both fantastical and grounded in reality. In addition to the original songs, the film will also feature new musical numbers that are sure to become instant classics. "It's important for us to honor the original music while also taking the opportunity to introduce something fresh and exciting," said composer Alan Menken, who is responsible for penning the film's score. The film's cast includes Halle Bailey as Ariel, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Javier Bardem as King Triton, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, and Awkwafina as Scuttle. Bailey's casting as Ariel has sparked controversy amongst some, but the team behind the film is confident in their choice and believes she will bring a new depth to the character. Director Rob Marshall, known for his work on Disney's "Mary Poppins Returns," has expressed his excitement for the project, stating "I am thrilled to be working on 'The Little Mermaid' with such an incredible team. We are all passionate about bringing this beloved story to life in a way that honors the original while also giving it a fresh perspective." Overall, "The Little Mermaid 2023" promises to be a visually and musically stunning adaptation that will captivate audiences of all ages. With the film's talented team, beautiful sets and effects, and iconic songs, it's sure to be a magical experience for all those who venture under the sea.