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La ABC ha ufficialmente annunciato che il 3 ottobre trasmetterà un film tv di due ore dal titolo The Wonderful World of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live.
Il film tv sarà basato sul Classico del 1989.
Il film sarà un ibrido tra cartoni animati e live-action e sarà un musical.
Il cast sarà composto da celebrità famose e sarà annunciato a breve.



Share. Go under the sea again on October 3.

BY EVAN CAMPBELL The Little Mermaid will resurface as a live musical TV special on ABC.

Disney has officially announced The Wonderful World of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live, with a premiere date set for October 3. The two-hour special will be based on the animated movie.

This version of The Little Mermaid will mix live action with animation, and Disney says it's using cutting-edge tech for the special. The cast — teased to include "favorite celebrity artists" — will be revealed at a later date.

Now this isn't the only adaptation of The Little Mermaid that Disney is working on. The company is creating a live-action Little Mermaid movie with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Da EW:

ABC to stage live TV musical production of The Little Mermaid

ABC is dipping its toe in the live musical waters this year with The Wonderful World of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live.

Billed as a two-hour special event, ABC will take viewers inside the iconic 1989 animated feature film, which tells the story of Ariel, a mermaid who trades her voice for a chance to walk among the humans, while intertwining live musical performances of the movie’s hit songs.

The special — which will be produced by Hamish Hamilton, Ian Stewart, David Jammy, Katy Mullan, and Richard Kraft — will soon cast a slew of celebrity artists whose performance will be weaved into the original animated film.

While this is the first time Disney is doing a hybrid live-action/animation experience of The Little Mermaid on-screen, the concept of weaving live performances with the film is not new. This past summer, a cadre of big names performed The Little Mermaid songs at the Hollywood Bowl, including Sara Bareilles as Ariel, Rebel Wilson as Ursula, Darren Criss as Eric, Tituss Burgess as Sebastian, John Stamos as Chef Louis, Norm Lewis as Triton, and Joshua Colley as Flounder.

The news comes on the heels of Fox announcing live productions of Rent and A Christmas Story, while NBC will tackle Jesus Christ Superstar.

The Wonderful World of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live will debut Tuesday, Oct. 3.
Da Harper Bazaar:

Here. For. This.

By Emma Dibdin
May 16, 2017

Just when you thought Disney's live-action game couldn't get stronger, ABC announced this morning that it will air a two-hour musical event entitled The Wonderful World of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live! Airing on October 3, the special event will combine Disney's animated Little Mermaid with live musical performances, in a "live action/animation hybrid presentation," per Deadline. Into. It.

A host of yet-to-be-announced celebrity artists will perform Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's classic songs, including "Under The Sea" and "Kiss The Girl." And let's not forget the three—three!—separate live-action Little Mermaid movies that are also in the works, one from Disney and two from other production companies.

ABC is the latest TV network to get in on the live-action musical action, following in the footsteps of NBC, which began the trend with The Sound of Music Live four years ago.
Da Hollywood Reporter:

ABC Slates 'Little Mermaid' and Rolling Stone Live Musicals

'The Little Mermaid Live' will interweave the 1989 animated film with live celebrity performances of the pic's beloved tunes.
ABC is getting in on the live musical trend.

Ahead of its upfront presentation Tuesday, the network announced that it has not one but two live musical specials in the works for the 2017-18 season.

First up is The Wonderful World of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live, which will intertwine the beloved 1989 animated film with live musical performances via cutting-edge technology. The live-action/animated hybrid will feature a roster of celebrity artists singing Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's Oscar-winning songs. These celebrity performances will be woven seamlessly throughout the original animated film.

Premiering Tuesday, Oct. 3, the two-hour special will be produced by Done + Dusted (CBS' Victoria's Secret Fashion Show), with Hamish Hamilton, Ian Stewart, David Jammy, Katy Mullan and Richard Kraft, of Kraft-Engel Productions, serving as executive producers.

While a departure from the traditional live-action musicals that have aired on NBC (The Sound of Music, Hairspray) and Fox (Grease) in recent years, ABC's decision to combine the animated film with live performances is a nod to similar live concerts held at the Hollywood Bowl. Last June, A-listers including John Stamos and Darren Criss performed the tunes of The Little Mermaid live while the animated film played in the background.

The title is also a nod to ABC's long-running Wonderful World of Disney brand, which the network used on and off for decades, dating back to 1969, to showcase Disney films and other projects. That moniker was most recently used in 2015.

Following The Little Mermaid, ABC will pay homage to Rolling Stone magazine for its second live musical event. Rolling Stone 50 will pay tribute to the brand's influence and impact through a curated journey of its most important moments from those associated with the long-running publication. The three-hour special, telecast live from New York City, will offer a combination of live performances, short films, iconic onstage moments, never-before-seen musical pairings and celebrities.

Done + Dusted will also produce this special, which is slated to premiere Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. Rolling Stone's parent company Wenner Media will also produce, with Jann Wenner, Gus Wenner, Stewart, Jammy and Mullan set to exec produce.

The collaboration with Rolling Stone is the latest such joint venture between the publishing world and TV. E! has the upcoming docuseries So Cosmo, centering on the editors at Cosmopolitan magazine. In recent years, Conde Nast has also been aggressive in its push into both scripted and unscripted programming for multiple platforms.

The two live musical specials come as ABC prepares to unveil its first musical event in recent years, a pretaped remake of Dirty Dancing starring Abigail Breslin.

The news also comes days after both NBC and Fox doubled down on their own live musical specials. In addition to December's Bye Bye Birdie Live, NBC will air Jesus Christ Superstar Live on Easter Sunday, while Fox will debut the live musical A Christmas Story in December, followed by a live musical production of Rent.

The decision to push further into musical programming comes after ABC successfully landed the American Idol revival. The network also has a second music competition series, Boy Band, set to debut this summer. ABC is also expanding its unscripted slate with new spinoffs of its Dancing With the Stars and The Bachelor franchises joining Idol as well as the network's slate of game show revivals, including Match Game and $100,000 Pyramid.
Da Mondo Fox:

La Sirenetta diventa un musical: pronti a cantare ancora In Fondo al Mar?

ABC trasforma uno dei classici Disney più amati di tutti i tempi in un nuovissimo musical live.

Il 2017 è l'anno de La Sirenetta. In attesa dell'alternativo live-action The Little Mermaid, la beniamina dai capelli rossi che ha plasmato l’infanzia di tante generazioni sta per tornare in una nuova versione musicale.

The Wonderful World of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live!

Secondo E!Online il musical uscirà il 3 ottobre su ABC e prenderà il nome di The Wonderful World of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live!

La trama verterà sulla storia di Ariel e il Principe Eric, mischiando le performance live musicali al classico mondo dell’animazione. Quest’unione ibrida tra live-action e animazione sarà favorita dall’utilizzo di una tecnologia all'avanguardia che renderà il prodotto fresco e innovativo.

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Chi farà parte del cast?

ABC non ha ancora annunciato chi farà parte del cast, né tantomeno chi ricoprirà i ruoli principali di Ariel ed Eric, ma il progetto è in cantiere ed E!Online è convinto che sarà un cast stellare.

Chi lavora alla colonna sonora?

Chiunque sia cresciuto negli anni ’90 non può essere indifferente al dolce richiamo di “In fondo al mar”, la colonna portante del classico Disney che vede Ariel protagonista.

Così come accadde vent’anni fa per lavorare alla pellicola animata, i premi Oscar Alan Menken e Howard Ashman realizzeranno la colonna sonora del nuovo musical live de La Sirenetta.

Siete pronti per cantare In fondo al mar con Ariel?
Da TvSerial:

La Sirenetta diventa un film musical: ecco quando esce
The Wonderful World Of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live il titolo dello speciale di ABC. La Sirenetta diventa un film musical di 2 ore, debutta il 3 ottobre.

La Sirenetta diventa un film musical: il progetto dell’emittente americana ABC, di proprietà Disney, è di portare il classico di Andersen in televisione. The Wonderful World Of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live! è il titolo dello speciale che andrà in onda in diretta sul network ABC il 3 ottobre 2017. Il film musical sarà uno speciale di 2 ore che unirà le canzoni rese famose dal classico di animazione Disney del 1989 con nuovi numeri musicali inediti.

Nello speciale Il Magico Mondo Disney: La Sirenetta Live! ci saranno attori famosi a cantare le canzoni di Alan Menken e Howard Ashman, che vinsero due oscar, per “Migliore Colonna Sonora” e “Migliore Canzone” per “In Fondo Al Mar“.

Lo speciale tv non è l’unico remake de La Sirenetta che Disney ha in lavorazione. Lo scorso agosto è stato reso noto che il film live-action de La Sirenetta è uno dei progetti più attesi dai fan Disney: prodotto da Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”) e Marc Platt, il film ha attirato l’attenzione di Lindsay Lohan, che si è candidata per la parte di Ariel su Instagram. Lin-Manuel Miranda e Alan Menken metteranno mano alle canzoni originali e ne comporranno di nuove.
Da La Gazzetta Disney:


Sulla ABC arriva La Sirenetta Live: uno spettacolo che unirà live action ed animazione!
Disney ha annunciato ufficialmente The Wonderful World of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live, uno spettacolo musicale live della durata di 2 ore basato sull’amato classico Disney, La Sirenetta. Lo show andrà in onda sulla ABC il prossimo 3 ottobre.

Lo spettacolo unirà elementi in live action con l’animazione. E, a detta della stessa Disney, saranno utilizzate tecnologie di ultima generazione per rendere lo show visivamente spettacolare.

Il cast sarà annunciato nelle prossime settimane, ma già sappiamo che comprenderà delle celebrità famose. Appena avremo maggiori news, vi terremo aggiornati.

Vi ricordiamo che la Disney sta lavorando anche ad una versione in live action del Classico per il grande schermo.

Ariel, l’allegra e vivace sirenetta, si tuffa in una strepitosa avventura in compagnia dell’adorabile e miglior amico Flounder, e scortata dal granchio Sebastian, la spiritosa guardia del corpo e cantante di reggae caraibico.

Ben presto dovrà impegnarsi con grande coraggio e determinazione per realizzare i suoi sogni. Dovrà inoltre salvare il regno dell’amato padre, dai tentacoli della maligna strega del mare Ursula.

Con alcune delle canzoni del repertorio Disney più famose, La Sirenetta rimane un capolavoro dell’animazione adatto sia per grandi che piccini.
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Che fico!!!

Speriamo lo trasmettano anche in Italia.
Da BroadwayWorld:

VIDEO: Tituss Burgess Sings LITTLE MERMAID Classic; Throws Hat in the Ring for ABC Live Musical

At this year's annual Vulture Festival held on Saturday, UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT star and Broadway alum Tituss Burgess performed a classic tune from Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID and threw his hat in the ring to take on the villainous role of Ursula in ABC's just-announced two-hour live musical presentation.

According to the New York Post, after his stunning performance of "Poor Unfortunate Souls", the talented star commented, "Maybe they'll get their act together and put me in that movie!" Watch the video below!

Burgess has appeared in four Broadway musicals, including GUYS AND DOLLS, THE LITTLE MERMAID, JERSEY BOYS and GOOD VIBRATIONS. He is perhaps best known for for his role as Titus Andromedon in the Netflix original series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, for which he received nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2015 and 2016.

Don't miss Burgess and his 'Kimmy Schmidt' co-star Jane Krakowski covering the iconic Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand duet, "Get Happy"/"Happy Days Are Here Again" here!
Da PageSix:

Tituss Burgess and Jane Krakowski give surprise performance

Tituss Burgess knows how to deliver a surprise.

After chatting about his new brand of pinot noir — joking that he “crushed the grapes” himself — at Vulture Festival on Saturday, the “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star welcomed co-star and Broadway veteran Jane Krakowski onstage.

But before bringing Krakowski up, Burgess showed off his Broadway roots, singing “Little Mermaid” classic “Poor Unfortunate Souls” for the crowd.

After belting out the tune, the actor said, “Maybe they’ll get their act together and put me in that movie.” A two-hour “Little Mermaid” live musical is heading to ABC in October.

The actor sang two more songs before welcoming Krakowski onstage to sing a stellar duet of Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand’s iconic “Get Happy/Happy Days Are Here Again.”

Video: Click
Qui viene descritto un po' il set del film tv della ABC sulla Sirenetta.

Da LaughinPlace:

The biggest news to me, by far, was of Wonderful World of Disney: The Little Mermaid LIVE coming to ABC in October. As you all know, I love these live musicals, but at first glance, the announcement was disappointing. It would be a mix of the animated movie and live performances, so pretty much last year's Hollywood Bowl concert on ABC. I was angry, but I'll take any and all musicals on TV. However, they showed a quick animation during the upfront presentation of, seemingly, the set and it seems like they are going all in. Mermaids on wires in the air and the camera panes down to a gorgeous set with all of Ariel's sisters singing. It was detailed and I am now much more excited at the event.
Da LaughinPlace:

ABC Punts Little Mermaid Live Special

ABC has seemingly made a move regarding their planned airing of a special airing of The Little Mermaid with live performances. The broadcast had been scheduled for October 3, but in announcing their season premiere dates, ABC's Tuesday comedies are scheduled to premiere in that slot.

It is unknown if the show has been cancelled, delayed, or rescheduled at this point.

The special was described as a two-hour special event where ABC will take Disney's The Little Mermaid animated feature film and intertwine it with show stopping live musical performances via cutting-edge technology for an explosive evening honoring one of Walt Disney’s most celebrated classics.
Sono tutti impazziti.

La Sirenetta in versione musical per la ABC è stata posticipata (che in ambito televisivo significa cancellata!).

Da USAToday:

ABC drops plans for 'Little Mermaid' musical

ABC has scrubbed plans for its first live musical in years, based on parent Disney's The Little Mermaid.

The event, announced in May and scheduled to air Oct. 3, a week into the new TV season, has been quietly postponed (and most likely canceled) due to budget constraints, according to people familiar with the decision who were unauthorized to speak publicly.

But the network already had spent a considerable sum building sets, and was due to begin rehearsals soon.

The beaching of Mermaid marks the second cancellation of a live fall musical amid a crowded field: NBC in May tabled plans for Bye, Bye Birdie, its fifth planned holiday musical that was to star Jennifer Lopez, but NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt says he hopes to revisit the project in late 2018, "if we can get back into JLo's scheduling vortex." (She has a Las Vegas show and stars in NBC's Shades of Blue and World of Dance.)

Although NBC's The Sound of Music garnered big ratings (if not critical praise), the recent spate of live musicals have met with diminishing returns, and their expense — easily $20 million or more — is a barrier, especially since there's little market for reruns, DVD sales or streaming revenue.

"It's never been easy to make money" on these projects, Greenblatt says. "They're expensive to produce, and they really aren't great business prospects. We just (do) them because they're events."

NBC still plans Jesus Christ Superstar April 1, and Fox has two projects in its pipeline: A Christmas Story, based on the film and Broadway musical, promised for late this year, and Rent in 2018. NBC also has a play, Aaron Sorkin's A Few Good Men, announced for next spring.
Da Deadline:

‘The Little Mermaid Live!’: ABC Pulls Planned Live Musical From Schedule

Looks like Ariel will have to wait a little longer to get those legs. ABC said today that it has delayed its planned live production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid that was set to air October 3. No new date is set.

“We are postponing the Little Mermaid Live! special, the network said in a statement today. “We love the idea of doing a live musical and want to make it wonderful. The project is so unique that we are making best efforts to do it next year and want to give it all the attention it deserves.”

The network said at its upfront in May that it would stage a live production of the classic underwater tale under the long-dormant Wonderful World of Disney brand. No cast was announced for The Little Mermaid Live! but the net said it planned to feature “celebrity artists” to perform Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s songs from the 1989 film. The pair won two Oscars for the film, one for Best Score and another for Best Song, “Under the Sea.” Their song “Kiss the Girl” nabbed an Academy Award nom.

Done + Dusted was set to produce the special, with Hamish Hamilton, Ian Stewart, David Jammy, Katy Mullan and Richard Kraft of Kraft-Engel Productions executive producing.

Disney announced last summer that it was pairing Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda with Menken for a live-action feature adaptation of The Little Mermaid, with the two writing the songs together and Platt producing with Miranda.
Da HollywoodReporter:

'Little Mermaid' Live Musical Postponed at ABC

It was slated to premiere Oct. 3 but was left off the network's fall schedule.
The Little Mermaid may not be swimming forward at ABC.

The Disney-owned network has postponed plans for its planned live musical rendition of the animated classic.

“We are postponing the Little Mermaid Live special. We love the idea of doing a live musical and want to make it wonderful. The project is so unique that we are making best efforts to do it next year and want to give it all the attention it deserves,” an ABC spokesperson said Thursday in a statement.

Announced in May as part of ABC's upfront news, the TV event was slated to air as a live two-hour special on Oct. 3. Done + Dusted's (CBS' Victoria's Secret Fashion Show) Hamish Hamilton, Ian Stewart, David Jammy, Katy Mullan and Richard Kraft of Kraft-Engel Productions were set to executive produce.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the project has been scrapped due to financial issues, which USA Today reported earlier Thursday, citing budget constraints after the network had already invested in building sets. Rehearsals were set to begin shortly.

The project is designed as a throwback to ABC's famed Wonderful World of Disney franchise and eyed to have live musical performances as a hybrid of animation paired with celebrity guests performing the songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.

The Little Mermaid was left off of ABC's fall premiere date announcement, with a source at the network telling THR at the time that it had been delayed.

The decision to delay The Little Mermaid comes months after NBC did the same with Jennifer Lopez's Bye Bye Birdie Live. Live productions have become increasingly common on broadcast networks following the breakout ratings success of NBC's The Sound of Music. Fox found critical and ratings success with Grease Live and is next taking on Rent. NBC, meanwhile, recently tapped Alec Baldwin to star in A Few Good Men.
Da Playbill:

ABC Cancels Fall Plans for Disney’s The Little Mermaid Live

The television special was set to air October 3.

ABC will not move forward with its planned October 3 live television musical event The Wonderful World of Disney: Little Mermaid Live, according to USA Today. Sources close to the project said budget constraints prompted the network to “quietly postpone,” or most likely cancel the two-hour special that would have combined the 1989 animated film with live musical performances from celebrity artists performing songs from the Alan Menken-Howard Ashman score.

Casting had not been announced, but sources told USA Today that sets for the special were already being built and rehearsals were slated to begin shortly.

ABC released a statement in response to the story, saying, “We are postponing the Little Mermaid Live special. We love the idea of doing a live musical and want to make it wonderful. The project is so unique that we are making best efforts to do it next year and want to give it all the attention it deserves.”

In its May 16 announcement of The Little Mermaid Live, the network said the special would use cutting edge technology to deliver a “never-before-seen live action/animation hybrid television experience.”

Disney is still moving forward with its major motion picture live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, which will feature additional material from Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda and Menken.

The October 3 television special was inspired by the celebrity-studded concerts that took place at the Hollywood Bowl last year. The cast included Sara Bareilles as Ariel, Tituss Burgess as Sebastian the Crab, Darren Criss as Prince Eric, Rebel Wilson as Ursula the Sea Witch, Norm Lewis repeating his Broadway role as King Triton, Joshua Colley as Flounder, and John Stamos as Chef Louis.
Da TvLine:

The Little Mermaid Live! Music/Movie Hybrid Not Happening (Now) at ABC

The seaweed is always greener… in somebody else’s budget: ABC has postponed its planned “live action/animation hybrid television experience” of The Little Mermaid due to financial constraints, USA Today reports.
The Wonderful World of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live! was scheduled to air on Oct. 3. Per the report, it is unlikely that the project will move forward, even though production had built sets and rehearsals were about to start.
“We are postponing the Little Mermaid Live special,” an ABC spokesperson tells TVLine. “We love the idea of doing a live musical and want to make it wonderful. The project is so unique that we are making best efforts to do it next year and want to give it all the attention it deserves.”

Earlier this year, NBC postponed its Jennifer Lopez-led production of Bye Bye Birdie Live! — which was slated for December — because of its star’s complicated schedule. (Its live versions of Jesus Christ Superstar and A Few Good Men are still on track for the spring.) Meanwhile, Fox plans to follow up its Grease: Live success with a musical adaptation of A Christmas Story in December and a live performance of Rent in 2018.
Da Variety:

‘Little Mermaid’ Live Postponed by ABC

ABC has postponed its live-musical version of “The Little Mermaid.”

The live production of the Broadway musical based on the classic Disney animated film had been scheduled for Oct. 3. No new premiere date has been set.

“We are postponing the Little Mermaid Live special,” an ABC spokesperson said in a statement. “We love the idea of doing a live musical and want to make it wonderful. The project is so unique that we are making best efforts to do it next year and want to give it all the attention it deserves.”

“The Little Mermaid” was set to be ABC’s entry in the live-musical broadcast trend that was kicked off by NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live” in 2013, and which Fox inserted itself into with “Grease Live.”

ABC announced in May that it would mount a live version of “The Little Mermaid.” “We really wanted to be in the game as well, and we’re Disney and we have this library that has an endless amount of classic musicals that really play to everyone,” Rob Mills, ABC’s head of alternative programming, told Variety at the time. “But that’s a double-edged sword because you are Disney, you have to do it right. You’ve got to do it so you’re honoring the brand. It took time to find the right take on this.
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Noooo ohmy.gif
L'unica spiegazione è che si stiano affrettando a portare sullo schermo la versione live action. Questo spettacolo lo avrebbe sicuramente oscurato nell'hype, essendo risultato poi un doppione, col senso di già visto. Come non dargliene torto.
Bhè si spera che vadano avanti con il progetto live-action al cinema!
C'è però da dire che sarbbero due progetti completamente differenti: questo è mix cartone animato e solo televisivo.

Qui la traduzione in italiano dell'articolo da BadTv:

La Sirenetta: ABC posticipa la messa in onda dal vivo del musical tratto dal film Disney

Il 3 ottobre avrebbe dovuto andare in onda sulla ABC, in diretta, una rappresentazione del musical ispirato al film La Sirenetta, uno dei classici della Disney.
Il network ha però annunciato che il progetto è stato posticipato a data da destinarsi:
“Amiamo l’idea di realizzare un musical dal vivo e vogliamo che sia meraviglioso. Il progetto è talmente unico che stiamo impegnandoci il più possibile per realizzarlo nel 2018 e dargli tutta l’attenzione che merita”.

Per ora non è stato inoltre annunciato alcun nome degli artisti coinvolti nello spettacolo che porterà sul piccolo schermo i brani scritti da Alan Menken e Howard Ashman per il lungometraggio animato del 1989.

Che ne pensate? Siete curiosi di scoprire nuovi dettagli sull’evento televisivo?
Non importa, rischia solo un'inutile sovraesposizione. Meglio cancellarlo, io tra i due preferisco il live action, sicuramente i soldi investiti e la produzione saranno migliori e concentrati.
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