14 greatest musicals on Disney+ for when you have to burst out in tune

Whereas Disney has created movies in lots of genres over its lifetime, musicals are on the coronary heart of the leisure studio. Fortunately, Disney+ has made many song-filled tales out there for streaming, together with these dreamed up by Disney and different distributors. Whether or not you need to sing alongside to an animated traditional like Hercules, a preferred Broadway musical like Newsies, or a live-action favourite like Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, there’s one thing on the market awaiting your accompaniment.

Disney+’s musical assortment is so considerable that we merely cannot cowl each nice one the streaming service has to supply — however listed here are a number of song-filled movies which are prone to be music to your ears.

1. West Aspect Story 

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West Aspect Story is probably the most well-liked film musical adaptation of all time, so Steven Spielberg had some huge sneakers to fill when it got here time for this new adaptation. Fortunately, he was greater than as much as the problem (huge shock).

This lush retelling with a thoughtfully up to date script by Tony Kushner is magical. Big colourful manufacturing numbers and deeper characterizations from a slew of Broadway favorites — together with Academy Award-winner Ariana DeBose, Mike Faist, and David Alvarez — all meld collectively to showcase an exquisite doomed love story with a number of the greatest songs ever initially written for the stage. A returning Rita Moreno is an particularly candy deal with. It is thrilling to witness one thing outdated grow to be new once more, and that is precisely what this sharp, creative adaptation accomplishes. It is one thing good certainly. —Erin Strecker, Leisure Editor (*)

How you can watch: West Aspect Story is now streaming on Disney+.

2. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1997)

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella premiered on the Great World of Disney in 1997, and filmed musical theater productions have by no means been the identical. The multiracial solid, together with pop singer Brandy as Cinderella, the enduring Whitney Houston because the Fairy Godmother, Paolo Montalban because the Prince, and Bernadette mother-effing Peters because the Evil Stepmother, make this some of the impactful re-imagined musical theater productions of the trendy period. A beacon for numerous theater all over the place, this low-budget reimagining of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s traditional tackle Cinderella stays the dreamy epitome of inclusive theater all over the place. —Alexis Nedd, Senior Leisure Reporter

How you can watch: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1997) is now streaming on Disney+.

3. Hamilton

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Phillipa Soo in "Hamilton."

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Don’t throw away your shot to stream one among Broadway’s biggest fashionable musicals from the consolation of your individual dwelling. This recording of Hamilton has the identical vitality as a live-action efficiency, with close-up camerawork that may make you’re feeling such as you’re within the entrance row. The Tony-winning present is phenomenal: a musical retelling of the lifetime of Alexander Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda) full with some killer rhymes and wonderful choreography. Be sure you sing alongside if you realize the phrases — you are at dwelling, nobody’s going to silence you. —Belen Edwards, Leisure Reporter (*)

How you can watch: Hamilton is now streaming on Disney+.

4. The Best Showman

In the event you’re looking for a star-stuffed musical that provides the fun of operating away to the circus, then step proper up! Broadway’s Hugh Jackman headlines because the titular showman P.T. Barnum, whose huge dream beneath the large high brings collectively a band of misfits together with a beguiling trapeze artist (Zendaya), a daring playwright (Zac Efron), a Swedish songstress (Rebecca Ferguson), and a bearded girl (Keala Settle) who can actually belt out a banger (“This Is Me”), to create a present heralded around the globe. The music is rousing, the dances are so sensational that you will need to attempt them at dwelling. Nonetheless, take the “biography” angle of this one with a mountain of salt. Whereas audiences turned out in pressure to be dazzled by Jackman and firm, critics and historians have jeered the movie’s glamorizing of Barnum, whose therapy of his stars was far worse in actual life. —Kristy Puchko, Deputy Leisure Editor

How you can watch: The Best Showman is streaming on Disney+.

5. Excessive Faculty Musical

A group of teenagers performing choreography in a high school gym.

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In 2006, Excessive Faculty Musical refused to “persist with the established order” and found a younger Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens for a phenomenon that might final lengthy past the unique Wildcats’ tenure at East Excessive Faculty. From the charismatic “Begin of One thing New” to the better-than-it-needs-to-be pop ballad “Breaking Free,” Excessive Faculty Musical launched careers and gave a complete era of theater children a slew of latest audition songs. The plot could also be trite and the twists predictable, however this movie’s dedication to capturing that electrical 16-year-old theater child vitality will at all times really feel contemporary and new. — A.N.

How you can watch: Excessive Faculty Musical is now streaming on Disney+.

6. Magnificence and the Beast (2017)

The primary Magnificence and the Beast (1991) was so exceptional that it was the primary animated movie to be nominated for the Academy Award for Greatest Image. The 2017 live-action remake takes dangers that few Disney followers might have anticipated, what with the brand new songs and the one-two combo of Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens because the Beast and Harry Potter‘s Emma Watson as Belle coming collectively to retell the story as outdated as time. A stunning solid, nice CGI, and some fashionable twists on Belle’s origins make the live-action Magnificence and the Beast a 21st-century treasure. —A.N.

How you can watch: Magnificence and the Beast (2017) is now streaming on Disney+.

7. Mary Poppins

Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews as Bert and Mary Poppins in "Mary Poppins."

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Like its protagonist, Mary Poppins is virtually good in each means. Julie Andrews delivering an iconic efficiency? Examine. Pleasant songs assured to get caught in your head? Examine. An thrilling mixture of dwell motion and hand-drawn animation? Examine! Mary Poppins, the world’s biggest nanny, takes her fees into avenue work and throughout the chimney tops of London in a sequence of magical adventures which are a pleasure to observe. It is a tremendous(califragilisticexpialidocious) time. —B.E. (*)

How you can watch: Mary Poppins is now streaming on Disney+.

8. Enchanted

In the event you’ve ever snorted at Disney’s penchant for love at first sight or too-perfect princesses, Enchanted is the film for you.

Giselle (Amy Adams) lives in an ideal animated fairy story till her beloved prince’s evil stepmother banishes her to present-day New York Metropolis. The following journey is a superb deconstruction of Disney tropes, stuffed with wit, appeal, and wonderful musical numbers. Critically, good luck getting “That’s How You Know” out of your head when you’ve heard it. Adams particularly knocks it out of the park as Giselle, completely embodying a Disney Princess by a mixture of earnestness and wide-eyed enthusiasm. —B.E. (*)

How you can watch: Enchanted is now streaming on Disney+.

9. The Sound of Music

Julie Andrews and the cast of "The Sound of Music" singing outdoors.

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The hills are alive with the sound of a rattling good film. Maria (Julie Andrews) is probably not the very best nun, however she is a superb singer and an incredible governess for the seven youngsters of Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer). She helps them, teaches them the fundamentals of music, and even sews them play garments out of drapes (regardless of the disapproval of the Captain). Andrews and Plummer give dynamite performances, and the songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein nonetheless hit as exhausting at the moment as they did when the movie premiered in 1965. Thanks, Sound of Music, you are one among my favourite issues. —B.E. (*)

How you can watch: The Sound of Music is now streaming on Disney+.

10. The Muppets

In the event you’ve ever requested whether or not you had been a person or a muppet (or simply need to be a part of Kermit and associates for a spirited L.A. journey), the 2011 Muppets film is for you. The musical has the puppet gang and a few their followers (Jason Segel, Amy Adams) becoming a member of collectively to save lots of Muppet Studios from being overrun by an oil tycoon. Along with the identical kooky humor followers have come to count on from the franchise, you may discover a bunch of shock cameos, showstopping musical moments, and old style appeal. It’s contemporary and nostalgic. —Brooke Bajgrowicz, Leisure Fellow (*)

How you can watch: The Muppets is now streaming on Disney+.

11. Sister Act 2: Again within the Behavior

Whoopi Goldberg in a nun's habit at the front of a Catholic school classroom.

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The primary Sister Act is okay, however the extremely transient franchise starring Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, and Kathy Najimy hit its peak with Sister Act 2: Again within the Behavior. This quick, enjoyable, musical-ish film is the number-one alternative for hungover choir lecturers who wanted to maintain the musical children quiet. Sister Act 2 brings the weird idea of a Vegas headliner masquerading as a nun to its pure, spectacular conclusion. The musical numbers are additionally kick-ass, together with an all-nun rendition of The Temptations’ “Ball of Confusion,” a number of insightful performances of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” and a younger Lauryn Hill singing the hell out of an extremely cool rendition of “Joyful, Joyful.” In addition to that, Sister Act 2 additionally delivers a number of the greatest millennial recommendation of all time: “If you wish to be any person, for those who wanna go someplace — you higher get up and listen.”

How you can watch: Sister Act 2 is now streaming on Disney+.

12. Into the Woods

Neglect the fairy tales you assume you realize. The enchanting tales of Cinderella, Little Purple Using Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack and his beanstalk had been darkly re-imagined by Stephen Sondheim on this 1986 Broadway musical. In 2014, heralded film musical maker Rob Marshall (Chicago, 9) took these twisted tales to the large display with the assistance of an all-star solid that features Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Johnny Depp, and Tracey Ullman. Every performs a fantastical determine of fairy tales, whose tragedies are spun into quick, livid, and sometimes humorous songs. But for all of the expertise on show right here, nothing can high Chris Pine and Billy Magnussen, baring their souls — and their ripped abs — within the hilariously over-the-top prince-off referred to as “Agony.” Belief us. This tune quantity alone is definitely worth the watching. —Okay.P.

How you can watch: Into the Woods is streaming on Disney+.

13. Black Is King

A group of Black women in sequined gowns standing behind Beyoncé.

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Very like the wildly gifted artist who created it, Black Is King does and says an entire lot. It is a Beyoncé visible album. It is a companion piece to The Reward, a Bey-curated choice of music from African artists and producers impressed by Disney’s 2019 The Lion King remake. It is an exquisite expression of Beyoncé’s explicit capability for creating magic. 

Equally, the movie quantities to a reframing of the story specified by The Lion King. “Beyoncé’s visible album Black Is King…recontextualizes the metaphor of Simba’s journey to that of the African diaspora — faraway from the homeland, denied the reminiscence of our royalty, and rising to retake our cultural legacy,” Mashable’s Alexis Nedd wrote in her evaluation. “[It’s] an invite to revel within the variety and fantastic thing about the African continent and a celebration of thriving by survival.” —Adam Rosenberg, Senior Leisure Reporter

 How you can watch: Black Is King: A Movie by Beyoncé is now streaming on Disney+.

14. Newsies

Lengthy earlier than he was Batman, Christian Bale was taking to the streets of Gotham (aka New York Metropolis) to struggle for justice for the scrappy boys, who survived by promoting newspapers on avenue corners. Impressed by the precise newsboys’ strike of 1899, Newsies follows 17-year-old Jack “Cowboy” Kelly (Bale) as he leads a revolution for staff’ rights, pitting his band of street-smart brothers in opposition to the mighty and educated fats cats who run the information business. Newsies not solely explodes with energetic dance numbers, catchy songs, plucky performances, and questionable New York accents, but additionally it carries a timeless message about perseverance and the facility of the folks. And if you cannot get sufficient, try the Broadway musical adaptation based mostly on this 1992 gem; it is also on Disney+. —Okay.P.

How you can Watch: Newsies is streaming on Disney+.

*This blurb was beforehand utilized in one other Mashable listing.