Top Nerdy 10: Disney Musical Edition

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by Rachel Cheng (@iamrachel)

I’ve resisted counting down my favourite numbers from Disney musicals up until this point, mainly because I’m afraid of my fangirl levels. But I like to think I have them somewhat under control.

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Let’s just get this show on the road before I devolve any further.

1. God Help the Outcasts – The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Can we just take a moment to admire the choral ensemble in this piece? The harmonies are just exquisite. And I just love the smokey perfection that is Ciara Renee.

“I ask for nothing. I can get by. But I know so many, less lucky than I.” – Esmeralda


2. Sante Fe – Newsies

The sense of longing in palpable in this song. Every dreamer can relate to Jack’s desire to escape to a better place.

“Let me go. Far away. Somewhere they won’t ever find me, and tomorrow won’t remind me of today.” – Jack Kelly

 


3. If Only – The Little Mermaid

This quartet is so magically beautiful. Sierra Boggess *is* Ariel. But my favourite line…

“I’d give my life up to make it happen.” – Sebastian

 


4. Friend Like Me – Aladdin

The jazzy intro. The medley of Disney classics past. The tap interlude. The. James. Monroe. Iglehart. *mic drop*


5. They Live in You – The Lion King

Every song from this show is amazing but this one just absolutely tugs on the heartstrings. And the reprisal of the song is the perfect bookend.

“They live in you. They live in me. They’re watching over, everything that we see.” – Mufasa

 


6. If I Can’t Love Her – Beauty & the Beast

Absolutely haunting and heartbreaking.

“No pain could be deeper. No life could be cheaper. No point anymore.” – Beast

 


7. You’ll Be in My Heart – Tarzan

This is truly the perfect lullaby. And the feels are real.

“When destiny calls you, you must be strong. I may not be with you but you’ve got to hold on…” – Kala

 


8. Anything Can Happen – Mary Poppins

When I sing along to this I suddenly feel like I can do anything.

“Broaden your horizons. Open different doors. You may find a you there that you never knew was yours…” – Mary & Bert

 


9. Something to Believe In – Newsies

One of the prettiest love songs in a Broadway musical. I know strong statement.

“And if you’re gone tomorrow, what was ours still will be.” – Katherine & Jack

 


10. Out There – The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Michael Arden’s voice soars beautifully over the orchestra.

“What I’d give. What I’d dare. Just to live one day out there.” – Quasimodo

 


Bonus Disney goodness!

Because why not?! 360 degrees of Broadway magic.



Well, what songs are your favourite? Let us know in the comments!

‘Til next time,

Rach


    2 Comments

  1. Jeni CMarch 21st, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Love! “God Help the Outcasts” was one of my angst songs. LOL! I used to sing that when I was feeling particularly sorry for myself. “You’ll Be In My Heart” makes me weep every time. It was one of the lullabies I sang to my little girl as a baby. <3
    "I See the Light" is definitely in my top 10, the lanterns, the music, so dreamy!

  2. RachMarch 27th, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Musical soulmates, Jeni! Show tunes tend to reduce me to a weeping mess. I might have a problem 😉 I hope one day a Tangled musical will come to Broadway! That would be awesome. Thanks for reading and your kind words.

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