The live production of the Broadway musical based on the classic Disney animated film had been scheduled for Oct. 3. No new premiere date has been set.
“We are postponing the Little Mermaid Live special,” an ABC spokesperson said in a statement. “We love the idea of doing a live musical and want to make it wonderful. The project is so unique that we are making best efforts to do it next year and want to give it all the attention it deserves.”
“The Little Mermaid” was set to be ABC’s entry in the live-musical broadcast trend that was kicked off by NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live” in 2013, and which Fox inserted itself into with “Grease Live.”
ABC announced in May that it would mount a live version of “The Little Mermaid.” “We really wanted to be in the game as well, and we’re Disney and we have this library that has an endless amount of classic musicals that really play to everyone,” Rob Mills, ABC’s head of alternative programming, told Variety at the time. “But that’s a double-edged sword because you are Disney, you have to do it right. You’ve got to do it so you’re honoring the brand. It took time to find the right take on this.