Hold On to Your Fins! Lea Michele to Star as Princess Ariel in Stage Version of Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’

She’s finally going to be a “Part of Your World” (well, the Disney world, more specifically).

Glee’s Lea Michele just landed the part of Ariel in the new live stage performance of The Little Mermaid this summer, and we’re flipping out (get it?).

The newlywed (who just married boyfriend Zandy Reich last month) landed the part of Princess Ariel for the Hollywood Bowl’s two-night-only performance (May 17 and 18) of the Disney animated classic for the film’s 30th anniversary. The film itself is set to play, accompanied by live singing and an orchestra’s live performance of the classic The Little Mermaid songs.

King Triton (Peter Gallagher), Eric (Leo Gallo), Chef Louis (Cheech Marin) and Ursula (Harvey Fierstein) along with Michele will perform the fan-favorite songs from the Oscar- and Grammy-winning soundtrack like “Kiss the Girl,” “Under the Sea,” “Part of Your World” and “Poor Unfortunate Souls.”

The Hollywood “Fish Bowl” will be outfitted to look like the stage is underwater, providing an “immersive experience” with “living scenery,” according to Entertainment Weekly

Alan Menken, who wrote the score for the original The Little Mermaid will appear as a special guest at the Bowl, according to the L.A. Times.

For you lucky Angelenos (or anyone visiting that weekend in May), tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. April 5 (with presale for American Express cardholders beginning at 10 a.m. on April 3) on

Now, if you’ll excuse us, we need to check our travel points balance ASAP.


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