Bettyboy72 said: "For those saying Latifah was great, I don’t get it. I feel the song was completely rushed, her diction was quiet and jumbled at times. She needed to slow down and take a few beats here and there. Camp it up and vampit up a bit. I was disappointed. She also doesn’t really have the money notes of that song."She was beyond awful , couldn’t sing the song
THE most expensive children's birthday party ever. OH some elements were entertaining but really agreeit was largely unnecessary, pretty forgettable, but not completely unpleasant way to spend a couple hours .
Let's start with an understatment: It was better than Peter Pan Live!To be honest, I enjoyed it. I think that the show kind of failed itself. By only doing the musical numbers live, it showed how much (or lack there of) of "book scenes". It showed me that they should have just done the whole show as a "live musical". You could have still kept it in that "theatre" (which I thought was incredible".I did like that they gave Eric "Her Voice" and "If Only" from the Broadway show. Not sure about the odd lyric changes (Glenn Slater: you are getting up their with Don Black...People who Shouldn't Write Lyrics, for $400 Alex!) The whoel songs are fine, its when they tinker with existing lyrics and can't get the right feeling of Howard Ashman.Queen Latifah and Graham Phillips were the highlights of the cast, and Shaggy, who seemed perfect on paper, turned out to be flat as hell.But, in all seriousness, I will watch it again, and include the soundtrack in my rotation. Although, now I want to relisten to the cast recording and workshop demo of the score for Broadway. Some great songs there!
Some of the cuts done to the movie also annoyed me, and oh, american TV and its commercials.One simple reality that many are oblivious to: those annoying commercials are what pays for the production, the cast, the crew, the soundstage rental space, etc. Yeah, Disney has money but how do you think they get it? By selling commercial spots during the broadcast. That’s why all your TV shows have commercials. Annoying as they may be. People just assume these annoying commercials are just tossed in with no reason.
I saw the Hollywood Bowl production of the Little Mermaid Live that (I think?) inspired this and I agree that the format doesn't work on television. It worked really well at the Hollywood Bowl because we were actually there in person for the live performances. Otherwise, as others have said, it just comes across like a musical performance at an awards show and it's hard to invest in either the movie or the live performances.
Bettyboy72 said: "For those saying Latifah was great, I don’t get it. I feel the song was completely rushed, her diction was quiet and jumbled at times. She needed to slow down and take a few beats here and there. Camp it up and vamp it up a bit. I was disappointed. She also doesn’t really have the money notes of that song."Bettyboy72 I agree! So nice to find someone who also saw what I saw. Latifah is fine as a performer, but no way did she "kill it", "slay it", "own the stage" or any other hyperventilated praise. She performed adequately. It seemed a bit stiff, not very menacing, and some of the line reads were so far off Ursula "brand" that it fell flat. I think because she was the best of the worst, people think she just reinvented live theater or some such.
Deadline.com: 'The Little Mermaid Live!' Ratings Swim to the TopLive action-feature presentation hybrid The Little Mermaid Live! won Tuesday night in broadcast primetime, bringing its “Under the Sea” magic to ABC. The Disney musical event earned a 2.6 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 8.98 million viewers who tuned in to see Auliʻi Cravalho play the iconic Disney princess and Queen Latifah slay as Ursula the sea witch.The musical event dominated for ABC and was the highest-rated made-for-TV musical on any network since Grease in 2016. It was also the top-rated entertainment telecast since the series finale of The Big Bang Theory on CBS.This was all good news for ABC’s freshman sci-fi drama Emergence (0.7, 3.47M), which aired after 2-hour live musical and bumped up.
She performed adequately. I've never seen Latifah rise above adequate in anything. Her acting has always been at the level of cliched 80s sit-com and she can't belt. As a person, I think she is charming and charismatic, but in a musical, I've never found her to be anything more than adequate.
I would like to know why Queen Latifah is always to the go-to person for every television musical since "Chicago", "Hairspray" and now this...her performance was fine, but not anything out of the ordinary. The whole show was just meh...
ChgoTheatreGuy said: "I would like to know why Queen Latifah is always to the go-to person for every television musical since "Chicago", "Hairspray" and now this...her performance was fine, but not anything out of the ordinary. The whole show was just meh..."She also played The Wiz for some reason. This was the third live musical for Queen Latifah.
She also played The Wiz for some reason. This was the third live musical for Queen Latifah.This is Latifah’s second - Jennifer Hudson played Motormouth in HAIRSPRAY: Live!
BrodyFosse123 said: "She also played The Wiz for some reason. This was the third live musical for Queen Latifah.This is Latifah’s second - Jennifer Hudson playedMotormouth in HAIRSPRAY: Live!"Gah. You're right. Latifah was in the Hairspray movie not the live show. I forgot.
Damn! How did I forget about "The Wiz". Like I said, not every performance is memorable.
Conceptually, it was very strange. And sort of insulting. I hate directors who create multi stimulus which results in a lack of focus and emotion.
I DVR'd this. Watched the first 45 minutes, and then deleted it from my DVR. I didn't like the cutting back and forth between live and animation, and could not tolerate the audience.
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