Two weeks ago, Alan Menken shared the news that he and Lin-Manuel Miranda completed recording on the song for Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid, including four new songs for the project.
While speaking with Young Artists of America on YouTube, Menken shared additional information on the songs.
Menken confirmed that Javier Bardem (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), who plays King Triton and Awkwafina (Jumanji: The Next Level), who plays the diving bird Scuttle, actually sing in some of those songs. Now, obviously, both King Triton and Scuttle do not sing in the original animated film, so it is safe to assume they will be singing in one of the four new songs, the other tracks is expected to be new solos for Ariel (Halle Bailey) and Jonah Hauer King (Prince Eric), but that has yet to be confirmed.
Menken again reiterated that he is working on the music for the Enchanted sequel, DisEnchanted, with Stephen Schwartz (Pocahontas). He also made the announcement that he is working on the prequel to the live-action Beauty and the Beast prequel series for Disney+, centered on the villain and sidekick duo Gaston and Lefou, with Luke Evans and Josh Gad both set to return, Alan Menken worked on the music for both the animated film and the 2017 billion dollar remake.
Production on The Little Mermaid was set to begin a few weeks ago but was put on hold amid the coronavirus outbreak, production is expected to begin this Summer. As for both DisEnchanted and the Gaston and Lefou series it is unknown when those projects will start at this time, but pre-production are being done remotely.
Source: Young Artists of America