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ABC Announced A Musical Version Of The Little Mermaid And A Star From Moana Will Take The Lead Role

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Dueling versions of  The Little Mermaid? These ocean streets are getting spicy out here! After Disney announced Halle Bailey would portray Ariel in the live-action film, folks were excited by the new, multicultural version of the classic fairytale. Now ABC, which is also Disney property, will air a live musical version of the story. They’ve chosen to go the multicultural route again, which is always a great choice. 

Not everyone can make it out to a theater and kids who are stuck at home deserve to see themselves too. The story is a completely fictional fantasy. It makes sense to cast based on talent and who can best encompass the energy of each role, anyway. Never forget the iconic ABC version of Cinderella starring Brandy as the title role and Whitney Houston as her fairy godmother. 

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Aulí’i Cravalho, star of Moana, will play Ariel. Cravalho is of Native Hawaiin, Puerto Rican, Portuguese, Chinese, and Irish descent. No one plays an internally conflicted young woman about to make some questionable choices that piss off her father only to eventually redeem herself and flex on every hater quite like Cravalho. She’s got that youthful vibrant energy that I lost when I found out adobo was just four different spices mixed together with preservatives. Now I don’t believe in magic and am an internet ghoul. Protect Cravalho at all costs!

The black Ursula lives!

Fans who wanted a black woman to capture the wit and rambunctious persona of Ursula will not be disappointed this time around. While I think Melissa McCarthy will be a great comedic counterpart to Bailey, and after all the OG Disney Ursula is based on a white drag queen, I am excited to see Queen Latifah take on the role for this version. 

“’Fortunately I know a little magic.’ Excited to be part of The Wonderful World of Disney Presents The Little Mermaid Live!” The Queen tweeted.

After seeing her swagger as Matron “Mama” Morton in Chicago, there is no doubt in my mind the Queen will deliver. 

Shaggy — and I can’t emphasize this enough — Shaggy!

Shaggy will play the crab, Sebastian. Shaggy. Yes, that Shaggy. This means the “It Wasn’t Me” dancehall singer will perform “Under the Sea” live in front of literal millions of human beings. By the glory of some unthinkable god, please tell me he has prosthetic crab legs. I can’t think of a more 2019 casting choice than this besides, like, the entire cast of the Cats movie.

While it may seem a little odd, I am glad we won’t have to hear someone doing a clumsy impersonation of a Caribbean accent. And although I have never seen the man act, I say put him in Big Little Lies season three because somehow I know Shaggy only improves screenplays. 

We’re in unchartered territory. 

This will be ABC’s first live musical. NBC paved the way for the contemporary format with 2013’s Sound of Music special. Fox hopped on the bandwagon with Grease and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Now ABC wants in on the television musical big bucks. Let’s hope that ABC has watched the competition closely and tweaked their process accordingly. It is very difficult to translate stage musicals for the screen to no fault of the performers themselves. Seeing Ariel fake swim in a fake ocean, wearing a fake mermaid tail, on stage, on my television, there is not enough $3.00 wine on earth to make that appear seamless to anyone. 

But what about the music? 

Disney currently is home to both the broadway and animated versions of the story. The live musical will combine music from both mediums, which was largely composed by Alan Menken. This is a great idea. In the animated film, Ariel doesn’t get many numbers because she loses her voice so early on. This will hopefully ensure we get more bops from Ariel and don’t miss out on Cravalho’s voice. There’s still no word on who will be playing King Triton, Flounder, or Prince Eric. 

The live musical will air on November 5 at 8 PM EST known officially as The Wonderful World of Disney presents The Little Mermaid Live! It just rolls right off the tongue. 

This Father Hates Reggaetón But His Daughter Is A Bad Bunny Super Fan So They Wrote A Play About It

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This Father Hates Reggaetón But His Daughter Is A Bad Bunny Super Fan So They Wrote A Play About It

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There is nothing that a Latino dad wouldn’t do for his princesa and that includes, apparently, writing a play about her and her adoration for the Boricua pop culture icon known as Bad Bunny. If that wasn’t enough, his daughter takes center stage at the play. Keep on reading for more on this adorbs padre-hija collaboration. If you are in Puerto Rico and are a Bad Bunny fan, you should definitely have a look… at least out of curiosity. 

The title of the play is “Mi Hija Ama a Bad Bunny”, o sea “My Daughter Loves Bad Bunny” and it will have a limited run at the end of the month.

Credit: Nuevo Día

The play was written by this man, Agustín Rosario, who will also direct. The play will have a limited run on September 27-29 at the Teatro Arrivi in Santurce and has previously done the rounds in community theaters throughout la isla del encanto. Seeing a family collaboration on the stage must be pretty special! Rosario had enjoyed success with two previous plays, “Hijas de su madre” and “Nos vamos pal cara”. Rosario returns to acting, and says: “I am acting again to be with my daughter in her professional debut and to collaborate in her development as an actor. 

It is being described as a comedy that explores an intergenerational clash… the dad hates reggaeton and the daughter lives for it! 

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Long story short, the dad thinks that Bad Bunny’s lyrics and overall persona is violent and not a good influence for his little princess. This is all told as the father is going through a marital breakup, so he is not in a very good place. He seems to be the typical viejo gruñón. So the table is set for a good old fashioned telenovela-like plot with plenty of enredos.

As Nuevo Dia describes it, the show is about “A generational gap and resentment due to his divorce”. Sounds like one of those movies that Robert DeNiro has starred in recently.

The male protagonist not only takes on his own personal crusade against music, but also against technology and anything else that doesn’t fit into his narrow, conservative worldview. The cast also includes Agustin Rosario, Ile Nicole Rosario, Noelia Crespo, Ali Warrington and Deddie Romero. 

The plot line is very similar to a real life story about a father who spoke out against the gender violence inherent in Bad Bunny’s lyrics… only for his daughter to ACTUALLY STAR in one of the raeggetonero’s music videos!

Credit: “Callaita”, YouTube, Bad Bunny

The poor man’s name is Pepo García and earlier this year he published a post on Facebook basically trashing Bad Bunny. Well, his daughter Natalia started a career in modeling and, lo and behold, she landed a great, star-making and profitable gig: the leading lady the video for the Bad Bunny song “Callaita”! Damn, las vueltas que da la vida, compas. Did Rosario draw inspiration from this real life event? BTW, Pepo García later retracted from his comments and wrote that the callaito should be him. Calladito te ves mas bonito! 

How many Latino fathers and daughters can relate to this story? We guess many! 

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Reggaeton is a very controversial genre due to the explicit nature of some of the lyrics and the fact that it embodies some ideas of toxic masculinity and traditional gender roles that are frankly medieval (we hate to admit it!). So the plot might resonate with many families where parents are literally scratching their heads over the stuff that their kids listen too! 

But we gotta remember that what was controversial a few years ago is no big deal now! 

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Yes, there was a time when Elvis’ hip thrusts were deemed as immoral, as un insulto a las buenas costumbres. 

And let’s give Bad Bunny a break: he is actually pretty socially and politically engaged. Maybe the dad in the play can like him a little bit?

Credit: Instagram. @badbunnypr

When things got candentes in the island around the resignation of the now former governor Ricardo Roselló, he even paused his music career to join the protests that attempted to make Roselló step down as his homophobic and sexist views were made public.

Bad Bunny wrote then in an Instagram post: “I am pausing my career. After [my concerts] my agenda was to fly back to Miami. But I’m canceling everything. I’m pausing my career because I don’t have the heart or mind to do music […] I’m going to Puerto Rico. I’m not going to turn my back on you. We have to continue taking the streets”. And well, his efforts alongside Residente and Ricky Martin, paid off. 

The Deaf Latina From The ‘Little Mermaid’ Series Was Disney’s Most Criminally Underrated Feminist

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The Deaf Latina From The ‘Little Mermaid’ Series Was Disney’s Most Criminally Underrated Feminist

For little girls of the 90s, Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” was more than a box office sensation. It was an adventure into another world, an introduction to romance, and an important lesson on why as women we need our voices. Yeah, ICYMI: “The Little Mermaid” was hopped up on all types of feminism.

It was a huge deal. So much so that the studios launched a television series of the same name in 1993 that deep-dove even further into the adventures of Ariel’s life and lessons on girl power. Most importantly, the show introduced the production giant’s coolest representation of intersectional feminism of ALL time.

In the television series “The Little Mermaid,” Gabriella was Ariel’s deaf Latina mermaid friend, AKA: Disney’s great educator of diversity.

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Ariel’s friend was introduced on the show as a character who loved to dance, did American Sign Language, and had a sweet octopus sidekick named Ollie who interpreted her every word for hearing viewers.

The character was a huge lesson in inclusivity for Disney’s young audience.

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By it’s definition (equality for all) feminism works towards the rights of all people no matter what identity or trait causes them to become oppressed by society and made into a minority. Still, even today, the entertainment industry struggles to project this discipline onto it’s screens. Ethnic, racial, gender, and disability representation on children’s tv shows goes particularly underrepresented. So, for a show of the early 90s to include a Latina face on a cartoon show and one who had a disability was pretty big deal. It’s why I have zero understanding as to why the show and it’s powerful Latina character has been labeled as anything other than I C O N I C.

Gabriella’s character was based on an actual fan of “The Little Mermaid” who passed away from cancer.

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Gabriella Angelina Bommino had been a 2-year-old cancer patient in 1992 when she became an avid fan of the 1989 animated movie. In a 1993 Los Angeles Times article, her parents described how their daughter watched “The Little Mermaid” upwards of four times a day throughout the course of her cancer treatments until she died in November of 1992. Ultimately, Bommino inspired the image of the show’s Latina character.

And Gabriella also taught viewers a thing or two about the underestimated abilities of people with disabilities.

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In an episode where the Latina mermaid expresses her desire to be able to sing like Ariel, the two mermaids head over to the Magical Wishing Starfish for a bit of his magic. Together they request that he give Gabriella the ability to sing and for Ariel to obtain Gabriella’s dance skills. In the end, while the Magical Wishing Starfish is revealed to be a fraud magician, he does drop some pretty great knowledge: Gabriella can sing through Sign Language and she can also teach her friend Ariel to dance.

Tell me that’s not an empowering moment!

Check out Gabriella’s ASL and dance skills below:


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