In an interview with Britain’s Gay Times, “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Little Mermaid” composer Alan Menken revealed his dream choice to play evil sea witch Ursula in the live action adaptation of 1989’s “The Little Mermaid” ― and it’s perfect.
“I’ve wanted Harvey Fierstein to play Ursula,” Menken, who wrote the scores of “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin” with late lyricist Howard Ashman, said. “I would kill for that!”
Casting a man in drag as Ursula, who was voiced by actress Pat Carroll in the animated film, would be particularly fitting. Disney animators have long cited legendary drag queen Divine, who appeared in a number of John Waters movies, as an inspiration for the character.
Menken, who is reportedly working on new songs for the live-action “Little Mermaid” with “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, appeared to hint at this in his Gay Times interview. “We wanted that,” he said, “and we would love it in a flash!”
And, really, how incredible would Fierstein’s signature cackle be on scenes like this?
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