The Hollywood (Fish) Bowl

Danelle and I attended The Little Mermaid Live at the Hollywood Bowl and it was literally one of my favorite things ever.

Saturday, 6/4/2016

After an intense day of shopping at IKEA (yay building my own furniture!), I was ready to kick my fins up and attend one of three performance of The Little Mermaid Live! I had bought tickets months ago and was beyond excited for a variety of reasons. 1) It’s The Little Mermaid, one of my favorite Disney movies. 2) I was going with my Disney bestie Danelle. 3) The cast was incredible:

  • Sara Bareilles as Ariel
  • Darren Criss (aka love of my life) as Eric
  • Tituss Burgess as Sebastion
  • Rebel Wilson as Ursula
  • John Stamos as Chef Louis

We picked up some sushi (ironic, no?) and caught a Lyft to the Bowl. I know for next time to leave much earlier, as it took us over a half hour to go less-than-two miles. Luckily, we arrived on time, ready for so much fun!


Now, as you have seen from our many trips to Disneyland together, Danelle and I are obsessed with the mouse, and we were more than ready to dress appropriately for this occasion. Presenting to you, Ariel and Eric(a)!


Personally, I’m extremely proud of this Disneybound! And in love with my Ariel-inspired Minnie ears!

Alan Menken! Disney legend!
After taking this picture, we headed all the way to the top of the Bowl to find our seats. We found our seats and chowed down on our sushi.


All of the sudden, I hear the beautiful voice of Darren Criss! Most of you would know his as “Blaine” on Glee, but to me he will forever be “Harry Potter” from A Very Potter Musical (if you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and watch it on YouTube!). He introduced himself as the announcer for the evening, and then brought out the warm-up: the wonderful and talented Alan Menken, writer and composer of so many iconic Disney songs! Seriously, this man is unbelievably talented. He sand a wonderful medley of his songs and was given a much-deserved standing ovation!

Then, it was time for the main event! The lights went down as the orchestra began to play along with the opening credits of the movie! Here are some snapshots (and videos) of my favorite moments!

This amazing four-part song that wasn’t in the movie! Love it!

Yay fireworks for the credits!


My main highlights included:

  • Darren Criss introducing himself as he came on stage to sing his song. He literally said, “Ladies and gentleman, it’s me!” Bless. That. Man.
  • Rebel Wilson totally getting into her role, most notably when she said the line “Don’t underestimate the importance of body language,” and when Sara Bareilles was singing and Rebel took the sounds of her voice and stuffed them in her bra.
  • Sara Bareilles accidentally singing “How many wonders can one TAVERN hold?” instead of “cavern.” It’s not a bar, it’s a cave.
  • The adorable kid who played Flounder, Joshua Colley. He gave me life.
  • The amazingly powerful voice of King Triton, Norm Lewis. Honestly, probably the best vocals of the night!
  • How incredibly animated John Stamos was as Chef Louis.
  • Tituss Burgess and his bright red pants.
  • Jodi Benson, aka OG Ariel, making a surprise appearance and singing “Part of Your World.”

When the show ended, we braved the 18,000-person crowd and walked down Highland Blvd. all the way to Hollywood Blvd. (trust me, it was a trek) to catch a Lyft back to my apartment (trying to get one closer to the Bowl would’ve been a nightmare). My phone was down to 3%, but held on the entire night miraculously. We hopped in the Lyft and headed home.

One of the most fun nights I’ve had in a long time! My Snapchat story for the evening was almost five minutes long, but I have decided not to post the full thing on here. That would be excessive.

-Girl in Los Angeles 🙂

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