After the first two show-stopping nights of Disney’s The Little Mermaid in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl -- featuring Sara Bareilles, Rebel Wilson and Darren Criss -- the production upped the ante for its third and final performance on June 6.
Jodi Benson, the original voice of Ariel, headlined the third show, and was welcomed to the stage with thunderous applause from an audience filled with Disney devotees. (Bareilles starred as Ariel in the first two shows, but was not on hand for the third. Benson was a surprise guest at the first two shows.) Benson and the celebrity guest cast performed the film’s familiar songs as the movie unspooled on the big screens in the Bowl, accompanied by a 71-piece orchestra. In addition to beloved numbers from the movie like “Part of Your World,” “Kiss the Girl” and the Academy Award-winning “Under the Sea,” the show was augmented with songs from its Tony Award-nominated stage musical adaptation.