Grab onto your fins, because the original Ariel is returning to the role that made her famous. A third performance of the celebrity-studded concert presentation of The Little Mermaid has been added for June 6, 2016, at the Hollywood Bowl, and Jodi Benson herself will be reprising the role of Ariel.
Jodi Benson will be joined by Rebel Wilson as Ursula, John Stamos as Chef Louis, Tituss Burgess as Sebastian, Norm Lewis as King Triton, Darren Criss as Eric, and Joshua Colley as Flounder. Benson and the rest of the cast will be singing the songs from the score of The Little Mermaid with a live orchestra, as the movie plays in the background on the huge Hollywood Bowl screen. For the June 6 performance only, the Opening Guest Stars will include Susan Egan, who was the voice of Meg in Hercules and the original Belle in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, and Brad Kane, who was the singing voice of Aladdin in Aladdin. Mic drop.
Jodi Benson was quoted as saying:
“I’m so thrilled and incredibly blessed to be invited once again to sing at the Hollywood Bowl—and this time as my beloved Ariel during this unique commemoration of our movie, The Little Mermaid,” said Benson. “It’s such a special honor to celebrate my 30th anniversary with the Walt Disney Company by standing on the Hollywood Bowl stage and singing the beautiful music of the brilliant Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. I am truly honored and eternally grateful to Howard and Alan and our directors, Ron Clements and John Musker, for allowing me to bring Ariel to life and to be ‘part of your world’ for all of these many, amazing years.”
Tickets are still available for The Little Mermaid concerts on June 3rd and 4th, which will be headlined by Sarah Bareilles as Ariel. When the concerts were originally announced, composer Alan Menken said:
“It is such an unbelievable abundance of riches to have my score for The Little Mermaid performed by a live orchestra, with incredible guest artists at the Hollywood Bowl…From the animated film to our Broadway production to events like this one, it is just incredible to realize the emotional investment people continue to have with this musical.”
Tickets for Jodi Benson’s June 6 performance go on sale Wednesday April 27 at 10 a.m. at ticketmaster.com.