The only thing gayer than a classic Disney masterpiece is Harvey Fierstein, so a concert version of arguably the gayest Disney classic of all time starring Harvey Fierstein is so gay it should probably be a Grand Marshall at Pride.
The Hairspray star has been cast in live concert performance of The Little Mermaid at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl, in which he'll play Prince Eric. April Fools! Obviously, Fierstein will play sea witch (and gay icon) Ursula. Glee star Lea Michele is coming out of retirement and making a last ditch effort to get cast in the Wicked film adaptation by playing Ariel. The show will also star Cheech Marin playing Chef Louis, Peter Gallagher as King Triton, Leo Gallo as Prince Eric, and Ken Page as Sebastian.
The live-to-film concert will feature all your favorites from the 1988 film, from "Part of Your World" to "Poor Unfortunate Holes" -- whoops, "Souls" -- as well as songs from the Broadway musical adaptation, which starred Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Tituss Burgess and ran from 2008 through 2009 (it also was the first -- and hopefully last -- Broadway production in which the entire cast wore Heelys to simulate swimming). If you've ever wanted to hear Harvey Fierstein rasp out "I Want the Good Times Back," honey you're in luck.
According toThe Hollywood Reporter, The Little Mermaid live will be an "immersive and magical experience," transforming the Hollywood Bowl into the "Hollywood Fish Bowl Dive-In Theater.". Alan Menken, who wrote the music for the original film and the new songs for Broadway, will provide live accompaniment.
Tickets for The Little Mermaid go on sale April 5, with the show running May 17 and 18.