On Thursday night, ABC aired The Disney Family Singalong, a special featuring various celebrities coming together to sing some Disney tunes. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, a wide gamut of recognizable talent (ranging from Glee, American Crime Story, and A Very Potter Musical’s Darren Criss to the queen herself, Beyoncé) belted their hearts out to Disney classics.
But none slayed as hard as Ariana Grande, who covered “I Won’t Say I’m In Love” from Hercules. The performance snapped me out of my Thursday evening quarantine slump with a jolt of actual Disney magic.
In the movie, the jaded and cynical Megara (Susan Egan) sings the song, backed by the Muses ensemble, just as she’s starting to catch feelings for Hercules (Tate Donovan). On the Sinalong, Miss Grande sings not just Meg’s part, but all the Muse parts, with separate cameras for each. In a soft Disneybound, reminiscent of Meg’s purple dress (including a costume change when she portrays the Muses), Grande croons the song, using props that are as close to their movie equivalents as can be. Fans immediately started dubbing her voice over the original animation.
Some of the celebrities involved with Singalong went all out with their at-home production equipment; others played around with webcams. Each performance had its heart and quirks, but Ariana Grande’s blend of YouTube-worthy laptop camera and theater kid commitment with found around the house props made her performance particularly charming.
The other showstopper of the night? The original cast of High School Musical reuniting (though Zac Efron, apparently quarantining somewhere with bad wifi, only made a short phone-filmed appearance to introduce them) for a rendition of “We’re All in This Together.” But that’s not all — they were joined by the current cast of Disney Plus’ High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, as well as current Disney Channel Original Movie stars from Zombies and the Descendants trilogy. A blend of DCOM legends past and the future. We have to stan.
ABC has yet to officially release a recording, but fans in Brazil have us covered.
In case you missed the special, other official ABC videos include Little Big Town’s rendition of “A Spoonful of Sugar” (complete with their kids baking!); Josh Gad, Luke Evans, and Alan Menken reuniting for “Gaston”; and Josh Groban’s take on “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”
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