Audra McDonald

  1. Melissa McCarthy, The Little Mermaid, 2021. It wasn’t just Ariel that “:everybody” wanted to play. There was also Ursula, the shape-shifting octopus… Attracting interest – and rejections – for Lady Gaga, Audra McDonald. Plus, of course, the great R&B chanteuse, Lizzo, set her heart on being the wicked sea witch.  She sang Unfortunate Souls on Twitter with white hair, purple make-up and a caption reading: “I’m Ursula. Period,” Harvey Fierstein was the rank outsider. (Hey, Harve, this is a Disney film, not John Waters!). And Ljndsay Lohan, aiming to be Ariel, suggested Meryl Streep. However, the Mouse Housers voted Meiissa for a second time, after The Kid, 2000.   The Covid 19 pandemic delayed the release until 2023.

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