"Overwhelming demand" for tickets has prompted producers of an all-star Hollywood Bowl concert performance of Disney's The Little Mermaid to add a second performance, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Backed by a promised 71-piece orchestra conducted by Michael Kosarin, the concert will now be performed June 3 in addition to the June 4 date previously announced.
Pop singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles, who is about to make her Broadway debut as a composer with the score to the new musical Waitress, is doubling down on her theatre career. She has agreed to star as Ariel the Mermaid in the extravaganza concert production.
Also in the cast: 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.
On both nights the doors will open at 6:30 PM followed by a costume contest. The concert will begin at 8 PM.
Bareilles released a statement saying, “I’ve been pretending I was Ariel in swimming pools since I was a little girl, and now I get to pretend on a bigger stage. This is just fantastic.”
Menken was quoted saying that there has been talk of touring the film version of The Little Mermaid backed by live orchestras in front of audiences, but there are “no concrete plans yet.... For a lot of us, it’s wait and see how the Hollywood Bowl goes.”
Menken will take part in the Hollywood Bowl show playing a medley of his hits from his shows and films Beauty And The Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Newsies, Enchanted and Tangled.
Tickets for the concert will go on sale April 9 at 10 AM PT (1 PM ET) at Ticketmaster.com.