Alan Menken Shares ‘The Little Mermaid’ Will Feature New Music and Rapping. Though many Disney Fans remain split on their feelings about the upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, there is no denying the star power and the excitement to see famed composers Alan Menken and Lin Manuel-Miranda collaborate on the films album and scores.
During a recent guest appearance on the UK-based arts and theatre podcast eleven, Menken shared how much he has enjoyed working with Lin and the films star, Halle Bailey. Alan also shared that the film will feature rapping!
“There is some rapping in it and I really can’t take much credit for the rap aspect of it. Yeah, there’s some rapping in it, there’s some very Menken songs, there’s some very Miranda songs. But it’s all the blend of Menken–Miranda, Menken shared.
He continued, “I love him, I love working with him. I’m glad we had the opportunity to do that and he’s also a producer on the movie but Lin juggles a lot of things, as I do, so we will have occasional contact. Right now it’s in the hands of the amazing [director] Rob Marshall and as we speak they are in London right now filming.”
Speaking on his time with Halle, Alan gushed over her talent and the chance to work with her, sharing, “Oh my gosh, she is adorable and so talented. I met Halle at the recording sessions,” he said. “I did have to be educated in terms of what she and her sister do together, which is incredible. She is an amazing talent, a beautiful girl, and I got to meet her family.”
Filming for The Little Mermaid is already underway at Pinewood Studios in London. The Cast for Disney’s Live-Action The Little Mermaid currently includes: Halle Bailey (Ariel), Jonah Hauer-King (Prince Eric), Melissa McCarthy (Ursula), Javier Bardem (King Triton), Jacob Tremblay (Flounder), Emily Coates (Unspecified, rumored: Vanessa), Daveed Diggs (Sebastian), Awkwafina (Scuttle) and Noma Dumezweni (unspecified). Disney has yet to announce a premiere date for the film.
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