The Hollywood Bowl is preparing for its annual live Disney concert, and this year's installment will be another rendition of "The Little Mermaid." Taking the role of Ariel herself after Sara Bareilles nailed it in 2016, "Glee" alum and newlywed Lea Michele is already swimming into character.
We definitely won't be disappointed by Michele's performance. She's Broadway-trained, more than experienced on stage (she's coming off a tour with former co-star and also newly-married Darren Criss) and her voice defies most physical laws.
Listen to this live cover of "Shallow" if you don't believe me.
You know who is disappointed, though? Lindsay Lohan.
Lohan's been pretttyyy vocal for a while about how she's dying to play Ariel in some capacity. No one really knows her reasoning other than...she's a redhead? She's also been very specific about her ideal co-stars: She wants Meryl Streep as Ursula (which, I admit, would be bad*ss).
Lohan even told Variety she'd "harass her agent" about getting Disney to contact her, saying, "'The Little Mermaid' is my favorite movie since I was a kid. Whenever I put that movie on, it makes me happy. I’m like, 'Everybody, stop. Watch this movie.'"
So, imagine her disappointment when Michele's announcement was made. Lohan (passive aggressively, I'd say) made her confusion known in an Instagram comment.
Disney was in talks a few years ago to make a live-action version of "The Little Mermaid" like they've done with "Beauty and the Beast" and this summer's "Aladdin," but there hasn't been much buzz since then. (There was, of course, the strange Hans Christian Anderson retelling that no one really heard about, but that wasn't Disney, so it doesn't count.)
At least there's still hope?
Nevertheless, The Hollywood Bowls's "The Little Mermaid" is sure to be great. Joining Michele are Harvey Fierstein (Ursula), Ken Page (Sebastian), Leo Gallo (Prince Eric), Peter Gallagher (King Triton) and Cheech Marin (Chef Louis). Alan Menken, OG Disney composer, will also make a special appearance.
The show will run May 17 and 18 in Los Angeles. We'll go ahead and RSVP "no" for Lohan.