Anastasia: The Musical, a stage adaptation of the wonderful NON-Disney animated film of the same name, just opened on Broadway this week. While Walt Disney may hold a monopoly on animated film musicals today, that hasn’t always been the case. Back in the late 1980s and 1990s, multiple film studios tried their hand at producing feature-length animated musicals. Most of these movies failed to reach the commercial and artistic heights of their Disney renaissance counterparts, but that doesn’t mean they’ve been forgotten (as evidenced by Anastasia). In fact, many millennials like myself look back at these NON-Disney gems with the same fondness and reverence as we do Disney animated classics like The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.
The next time you or your student consider bringing a well-known Disney tune into an audition, consider whether one of these NON-Disney musical numbers might be a better fit instead!
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