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Queen Latifah & Shaggy to star in Little Mermaid TV special

CAST: Shaggy and Queen Latifah

THE LITTLE Mermaid will receive another adaptation - but this time for TV.

US network ABC announced plans for the live concert show and revealed that it will feature the voice of Shaggy as Sebastian and will star Queen Latifah in the role of Ursula.

Taking to Twitter, Latifah wrote: "“Fortunately I know a little magic.” ???? Excited to be part of The Wonderful World of Disney Presents The Little Mermaid Live! #Ursula #TheLittleMermaid #TeamSeaWitch."

Performed in front of a live studio audience, The Wonderful World of Disney: The Little Mermaid will be incorporating sets from the Broadway version of the show as well as costumes, plus music from the original film.

“It’s unlike anything that any other network has done before in terms of a live musical,” ABC entertainment president Katey Burke said at the Television Critics Association conference on Monday (Aug 5). “It really is a seamless interweaving of live-action musical and performances and the animated film itself.”

According to ABC, the production is in honour of the 30th anniversary of The Little Mermaid and will “take viewers on a magical adventure under the sea as live musical performances by a star-studded cast will be interwoven into the broadcast of the original feature film.

“This never-before-seen hybrid format will feature beautifully intricate sets and costumes, with music from the original animated film and the Tony Award-winning Broadway stage version,” the press release continues.

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