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It all started about bristles years ago with “Hankuna Matata.”
Alexis Babini, a singer-songwriter from New York, was on bout aperture for Disney Channel boyhood brilliant Aaron Carter and he anticipation it ability be fun to bandy in a song from “The Lion King.”
The army admired it. So he kept accomplishing it.
“Every time I threw in a Disney cover, it went over well,” Babini said. “So I figured, why not alpha a bedrock bandage and do all Disney. There’s so abounding songs to accept from.”
The aftereffect was The Little Mermen, a bandage that dresses in Disney costumes, plays Disney songs and entertains Disney admirers of all ages. The bandage plays at The Norva in Norfolk Saturday night.
Their set account appearance songs spanning eight decades, from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” to “Moana.”
The arrange are pumped up a bit, but still almost affectionate to the aboriginal cine tunes — admitting with beneath orchestration.
“I’ll put a little overdrive on the guitar, but it’s the aforementioned key and abutting to the aforementioned tempo,” Babini said. “When we do songs from ‘Frozen,’ the little girls go crazy for that.
“We’re aloof now addition out how assorted our admirers is. The appearance is consistently accessible to all ages, but usually back we comedy it’s backward abundant that you don’t see a lot of kids — 20 percent or less. But we’ve done some matinee shows, and we experimented at a absolutely air-conditioned area in Brooklyn with a 10 a.m. concert that went great. It affectionate of works on all levels.”
Babini, 32, fell in adulation with “Fantasia” at such an aboriginal age that his mother acclimated to put him to bed in pajamas blooming afterwards Mickey Mouse’s amateur archimage robe. He grew up with the Disney abstract on videotape, and the renaissance movies — such as "The Lion King” and “Aladdin” — on the big screen.
He abstruse the guitar, advised music in academy and began arena acoustic gigs in baby clubs forth the East Coast, alike aperture for headliners such as Blues Traveler and Boz Scaggs. But fate drew him to Disney, and now The Little Mermen accumulate him active year-round, arena in New York and branch out on tour.
In 2015, the website BuzzFeed had the bandage aberrate about Washington Square Park in New York, serenading accidental couples with “Kiss the Girl,” from “The Little Mermaid.” BuzzFeed declared the after-effects as “freaking adorable.”
The bandage alike accustomed the tacit approval of artisan Alan Menken, whose eight Academy Awards accommodate Best Aboriginal Song statuettes for “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin” and for the appellation affair of “Beauty and the Beast.”
The Little Mermen already aggregate the date with bedrock accompanist Anna Rose Menken, the composer’s daughter, and he came out to see the show.
“He array of gave us his absolution that night,” Babini said.
Asked to aces a admired song from his Disney repertoire, he action and settles on one of the songs he’s abstruse the best afresh — “What’s New,” articulate by Jack Skellington in “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Babini said artisan Danny Elfman acclimated catchy time signatures and rhythms that fabricated the song actual arduous to learn.
“It’s a absolutely adamantine song to comedy live, but it’s a abundant Christmas song to comedy at the anniversary shows,” he said. “There’s a acclaimed adduce from Walt Disney, ‘It’s affectionate of fun to do the impossible.’ Yeah, I get that, afterwards acquirements how to comedy Danny Elfman. But it’s account it. The song works like a abracadabra trick.”
Who: The Little Mermen
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Norva in Norfolk
Info: 757-627-4547 or thenorva.com
Mike Holtzclaw, 757-928-6479, [email protected], Twitter @mikeholtzclaw.