Since Disney live-action remakes are all the rage these days Alan Menken, Disney composer and songwriter, revealed his dream casting for the inevitable live-action version of The Little Mermaid.
“I’ve wanted Harvey,” Menken told Gay Times when asked who he would want to play the underwater sorceress, Ursula. “I’ve wanted Harvey Fierstein to play Ursula. I would kill for that!”
“We wanted that, and we would love it in a flash!” he added.
Well, Menken just might get his wish because the Kinky Boots writer heard the composer’s casting wish and responded on Facebook: “Oh, Alan, no need to kill anyone. Your wish is my command. As for the rest of you… Oh, you poor unfortunate souls!!!!”
A drag queen playing Ursula would make sense since it is widely known that the sea witch’s inspiration was one of the screen’s great queens, Divine.
If cast Fierstein would follow in the footsteps of Pat Carroll, who voiced Ursula in the animated original, and Sherie René Scott, who played the role on Broadway.
The Broadway legend dressed in drag when he originated—and won a Tony for—the role of Edna Turnblad in Broadway’s Hairspray. We know that a calculating sea witch is a little different than a big Baltimore housewife, but we feel he is perfect for the role.
Disney has reportedly hired Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda and Menken to co-write songs for the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.
Aren’t you already dying for a version of “Poor Unfortunate Souls” sung by Fierstein?
Below, watch his speech at last year’s Logo Trailblazer Honors.
h/t: Broadway World