Melissa McCarthy’s Ursula meets her match as Halle Bailey’s Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

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Fri, May 26, 2023 5:09 PM

Melissa McCarthy meets her match with Halle Bailey at "the little Mermaid"

New York — A remake of Disney’s Oscar-winning classic “The Little Mermaid” opens Friday in theaters everywhere.

It combines live action with animation The original 1989 update. Director Rob Marshall, best known for big musicals like “Chicago,” mentors an all-star cast, and stars a young star familiar to TV viewers in “Grown-ish.”

As kids, they were inspired by the original animated movie.

“When I first saw the original Little Mermaid, my whole world changed,” said Halle Bailey who plays Ariel.

Now they are bringing a new version to the big screen.

“She is as likely responsible for falling in love with musical storytelling as anything in my life,” said Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Miranda provides lyrics to new music from original composer Harold Ashman, and among those interpreting the songs is David Diggs from Miranda’s original cast “Hamilton”.

Diggs lends his voice to Sebastian the crab and Awkwafina is Scuttle the sea bird.

She’s part of an iconic cast that also includes Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, the sea witch who makes a twisted deal with Ariel.

She’s worth the price of admission alone, but the veteran has met her match in Billy.

“Just to have Haley feel like The Little Mermaid, I think we’ll be feeling like that for a long time,” McCarthy said.

The little girls have already seen and responded to the trailer, and now they’re in for a star birth.

“In my heart, my little 5-year-old self, if she could see me now, I think she would be absolutely amazed,” said Billy.

“The Little Mermaid” is from Walt Disney Studios, which is owned by the same parent company as this station.

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