The highly-anticipated The Little Mermaid Live! has hit the airwaves. In honor of the 1989 Disney classic, the performance is a mix of live acting and singing and clips from the original film. Being a live show, fans at home were caught off guard and somewhat distracted by the audience volume. Throughout the special, the fans could be heard clapping and cheering, which wound up being a disruption during the musical numbers.
I appreciate that they are doing The Little Mermaid live with a real audience but for Christs sake the screaming from the audience is too much. They are so loud sometimes that I can barely hear the actors. #LittleMermaidLive— Ferrell Lamothe (@Ferrell_Cat) November 6, 2019
One user on Twitter said, "Not even 10 minutes into the live action Little Mermaid and I am already so annoyed by the screaming audience I'm about to turn it off."
The noise was apparent during the opening number by Graham Phillips, who plays Eric, and during Auli'i Cravalho's first performance of the hit song, "Part of Your World."
"Really enjoying this Little Mermaid but wish the audience would shut up so we could hear the music," another user tweeted on the issue.
Love the Little Mermaid. Would really Love if you could hear the live singing over the live audience yelling. #LittleMermaidLive— Stacy (@srgaenzle) November 6, 2019
Many others noted that there needed to be some 'theater etiquette' involved with the live audience. The overall feel from social media was that the show was treated more like a live sports game rather than a Broadway show.
"I'm gonna watch this Little Mermaid Live thing, but if I have to listen to the audience make an unreasonable amount of noise through every musical number I'm gonna lose it," another tweet read.
Wow. Didn't expect The Little Mermaid Live! to be a full live event with a live audience cheering and and screaming at the performers on an arena-like stage— Jonathan Navarro (@discohirokun) November 6, 2019
The Little Mermaid Live hit some nostalgia as Jodie Benson, who was the voice of Ariel in the classic, opened the show and gave the instructions on how the night would play out.
Speaking with USA Today, Cravalho shared her excitement about taking on Benson's character that became a part of pop culture.