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Auli‘i Cravalho Plays Ariel in Live TV Production of “The Little Mermaid” TONIGHT

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Rendering from “The Wonderful World of Disney presents The Little Mermaid Live!” Rendering Credit: Done+Dusted/ABC

Auliʻi Cravalho, the Hawaiʻi actress who is known for her breakout role as the voice of the Disney princess Moana, is cast to play Ariel in the Live TV production of The Little Mermaid, scheduled to take place tonight on ABC.

The production is set to air tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 5 before a live studio audience and also stars Queen Latifah as Ursula and reggae musician Shaggy as Sebastian.

The production, presented by The Wonderful World of Disney and ABC, comes as a tribute to the animated classic Disney film, which celebrates 30 years.

According to the announcement, made by Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment, the Live re-imagined production will “take viewers on a magical adventure under the sea as live musical performances by a star-studded cast will be interwoven into the broadcast of the original feature film.”

This “hybrid format” features intricate sets and costumes, with music from both the original animated film and the Broadway stage version.


“The Wonderful World of Disney presents The Little Mermaid Live!” airs from 8 to 10 p.m. EST, live on ABC. The ABC KITV schedule in Honolulu lists the Hawaii airing at 7 to 9 p.m. HST*Check local listings for channel and changes.


Auliʻi Cravalho. PC: courtesy University of Hawaiʻi.

Panel Photo Credit: ABC/Image Group LA

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