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[personal profile] kate_nepveu
Okay, I graduated high school in 1994, which means that that four-movie run of sheer musical brilliance in Disney animation (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King) is literally the soundtrack of my high school years, and even though I know a lot of those won't hold up well I still have really fond memories of listening to those soundtracks over and over and over, and thus:

Lea Salonga, the original voice of Jasmine, joins Lin-Manuel Miranda to sing "A Whole New World." Text cannot convey my delight.

(And LMM does quite well, at least as far as I can tell through headphones because the kids are sleeping.)

(Now I just have to finish Steven Universe so I can tell you all about my second-favorite song from it that has peak Disney Princess voice from Deedee Magno Hall as Pearl while subverting classic-Disney-style stories in at least three different ways.)

Date: 2015-11-12 04:24 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hebethen
I look forward to that post :P

Is it just me or is Lin-Manuel Miranda giving Lea Salonga a whole lot of admiring looks? I mean, I would totally be giving Lea Salonga a whole lot of admiring looks if she were singing next to me, maybe I'm projecting.

Date: 2015-11-12 03:39 pm (UTC)
holli: (Default)
From: [personal profile] holli
Oh, that song is SO GREAT and I am excited to hear your thoughts on it.

Date: 2015-11-12 03:49 pm (UTC)
holli: (Default)
From: [personal profile] holli
I mean, you're pretty close to the end! There's, what, 15 left? Which isn't even three hours with how short the episodes are. And nothing new is airing til next year, I think.

But yeah, that episode is a particular favorite of mine-- I LOVE Connie, so much, and one of these days I want to dig into how she is maybe the most genre-savvy person in Beach City and as a result has decided to pick her own character archetype.

Date: 2015-11-12 03:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rydra_wong
There is definitely some serious fanboying going on there. Also, she had just surprised/embarrassed/delighted him by singing a song he'd written for an ex-girlfriend:


I do feel that LMM's facial expressions are a gift to fandom all by themselves:


Date: 2015-11-12 11:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yhlee
My sister showed me the Youtube clip and LMM and Lea Salonga were SO ADORABLE.

I too have nostalgic memories of the soundtracks from those Disney movies.

And then my sister showed me the clip of LMM performing for the White House and wow. I'm also fascinated by the arrangement differences between the Broadway soundtrack and, of course, just the one piano as accompaniment. Would kill to hear the original mixtape version and do a side-by-side.

Date: 2015-11-12 11:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] trent_goulding
If you haven't seen it already, you really should take a look at the short clip of LMM performing the John Adams rap that was cut from the show. It is amazing, as is the excitement from Daveed Diggs and Renee Elise Goldsberry, et al., who are on stage in support (REG is flat out awesome at the end, the way she can't stop herself from jumping up and cheering. Love it!)


Date: 2015-11-13 03:29 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rilina
Ah, this is great. I think one of the reasons that I enjoy LMM's interviews/general schtick so much is that I'm just a couple of months older than him, so a lot of the childhood references are the same. (He talks about growing up listening to cast albums and having his first Broadway musical be Les Miz. I grew up listening to cast albums and watching Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals on TV with my mom; Les Miz was my first live musical, though I saw it on its US tour rather than on Broadway.)

Date: 2015-11-17 04:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lokifan
Oh my god, they're both so talented and delightful. I feel faintly guilty about how happy and amused LMM's embarrassed look makes me.

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