The story goes that Lin-Manuel Miranda is such a fan of Disney musicals that he named his son Sebastian after the red crab in The Little Mermaid. While that may be apocryphal, the Hamilton creator’s love for Disney is undeniable.
Miranda wrote songs for Disney’s new animated film Moana, and in 2018, he’s set to costar in a sequel to Mary Poppins. Here, the multi-hyphenate shares his five favorite Disney musicals with Billboard.
“I know it’s not a typical Disney score, but my basis in classical music begins and ends with Fantasia. How many generations of kids learned about iconic pieces of the musical canon from Fantasia? For a composer like me, that’s the dream.”
The Little Mermaid (1989)
“I saw it and it just changed my life. I went back and saw it three times in the theater. I was obsessed with it.”
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
“It’s the Platonic ideal of the Disney musical. It’s done so well that you could never do it quite that way again. I memorized the score.”
“‘I’ll Make A Man Out Of You’ and ‘Reflection.’ The songs in that are really incredible.”
“I was heartbroken as a kid that that movie didn’t do better in the theater. I was the same age as those newsies when that film came out and I thought what better in life than to be in that Kenny Ortega film and sing and dance and sells newspapers. That’s a great score.”