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There are going to be SO many treats for Disney fans at the ‘Little Mermaid’ concert screenings

Sebastian sure knows how to throw a party under the sea. But it sounds like even he would be impressed by the party that”s coming together for Disney fans under the clamshell of the Hollywood Bowl next week.

The Little Mermaid will get the live concert screening treatment at Los Angeles” Hollywood Bowl on June 3, 4, and 6. The event”s creative director, Richard Kraft, has told HitFix the deets on all the exciting plans for the three shows that are sure to make Disney fans squee.

Film screenings paired with a live orchestra performance of the movie”s score is no new thing. (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Back to the Future are among the concert screenings at the Bowl HitFix has reported on in the past.) But events like this, for a musical, with live singing timed to picture, are new. As far as Kraft is aware, last Halloween”s Nightmare Before Christmas event at the Hollywood Bowl, which he produced with fellow musician rep Laura Engel, was the first instance of a public screening of a movie musical with a live orchestra and singers synced to the film.

In the words of a certain sea witch, “life”s full of tough choices, innit?” But deciding how to follow up last Halloween”s live concert screening of was no tough choice. The movie that started Disney Animation”s renaissance was the obvious pick for Kraft”s next event at the Los Angeles venue.

While the Nightmare event had members of the original cast, like Danny Elfman, reprising their roles, the idea behind the Little Mermaid event was to have other singer-actors (a group that would make “the greatest dinner party,” Kraft said) take on beloved characters like Ariel and Sebastian.

Playing everyone”s favorite redhead mermaid is Sara Bareilles, who was nine years old at the time The Little Mermaid was released.

The Love Song” singer said “yes” to the gig with record speed. Kraft was chatting with Bareilles” lawyer about the event. In the middle of that conversation, the legal rep emailed Bareilles about the concert screening, and she emailed back 15 seconds later, Kraft said.

Sara Bareilles will sing the part of Ariel at the Hollywood Bowl concert screenings. Image credits: Charles Sykes/Bravo; Walt Disney Animation Studios
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