The excitement and buzz continues to build for “The Little Mermaid.”
A source tells me that director Rob Marshall and husband, producer John DeLuca, hosted a private screening of Disney’s live adaptation of the 1989 animated classic on Sunday night at New York’s Whitby Hotel.
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The guest list of about 80 people included Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, Matt Damon and his family, Emily Mortimer, Ben Platt and his “Parade” co-star Micaela Diamond, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Bob Balaban and Lynn Grossman, Diane and Brian Sutherland, and Scott Ellis. The film’s composer Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda, who co-wrote three new songs for the movie, were also there.
I’m told the star-studded audience applauded after each musical number and continued to rave during a post-screening reception. Marshall joked that the evening’s torrential downpour was fitting because it felt like they were truly “under the sea.”
I caught up with star Halle Bailey at the Met Gala on Monday night. “I’m so excited,” she said about the soon-to-be-released film. “I’m a little anxious because it’s been a long time coming.”
Disney previewed a scene from the movie during its CinemaCon presentation in Las Vegas late last month. It was the first time audiences got a glimpse of Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, who in the clip sang a show-stopping rendition of the character’s signature number, “Poor Unfortunate Souls.”
“I definitely think it’s going to be different because you can see a modern take on our world, and you can see a reflection of the world that we live in today,” Bailey said at the Met Gala. “This world that we live in is a beautiful melting pot of diversity.”
Hailey played coy when asked if she is signed for more “Little Mermaid” movies. She smiled, “Oh, I don’t know.”
“The Little Mermaid” will swim to theaters on May 26.
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