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The 5 Best Romantic Songs from Disney's Broadway Musicals

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|by Mark Robinson |


Which amorous Disney show tune strikes your fancy?

The first thing that comes to mind when people think about a Disney musical is the promise of that “Happily Ever After” that comes with fairytale endings. With the handful of animated classics and other Disney fare that have reached the Great White Way, the emotional pull of the love songs that are a guaranteed staple of their scores is proof in the pudding that Disney knows how to evoke romance. Here are some of the best romantic musical moments, courtesy of Disney, that have played out on the Broadway stage.

Disney’s ‘Frozen’ features the romantic duet “Love Is An Open Door” (Photo: Deen van Meer)

Disney’s ‘Frozen’ features the romantic duet “Love Is An Open Door” (Photo: Deen van Meer)

“Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” from The Lion King

Who can forget Simba and Nala’s romantic romp around the jungle singing the seductive “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” in The Lion King?  When a Boy lion and a girl lion have certain feelings about each other and nature takes its course, what better way to keep it a family-friendly tryst than to have them sing a showtune? “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” features a potent melody by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice that are guaranteed to stoke the fires of romance.

“Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid

How does one go about sparking romance when the boy is unsure and the girl has literally no voice? In the musical The Little Mermaid, Sebastian the crab and a lagoon full of creatures seem to know exactly what to do, conjuring  just the right mood and atmosphere while offering subliminal suggestions along the way. They achieve this with the gently prodding “Kiss the Girl.” An enchanting song with a Caribbean flavor, “Kiss the Girl” comes very close to having the desired effect.

“Love Is An Open Door” from Frozen

In the beginning, the budding romance between Frozen’s Princess Elsa and Prince Hans looks like it is off to a good start. “Love Is An Open Door” by Kristin Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez represents a playful, flirty frolic between the two. Unfortunately, Hans is not what he seems at all, and the song ends up just being a part of his charade to seize the throne of Arendelle. He is plotting to get rid of Anna and her sister Elsa. Fortunately, she has her feisty sister and an offbeat snowman to look after her.

“Elaborate Lives” from Aida

One of the few musicals that Disney has produced for Broadway that wasn’t inspired by one of their animated film classics, Aida instead draws on the ancient story of the enslaved Nubian princess Aida and the Egyptian captain of the royal guard Radames, who share a star-crossed romance that will ultimately end in tragedy. The musical features a pop music score by Elton John (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics), and among the passionate numbers about love that is a force of nature is the emotional anthem “Elaborate Lives.” Facing certain death, the two express their feelings in this stirring duet.

“A Whole New World” from Aladdin

Sometimes sharing an adventure is a great way for hearts to meet as one, and what better way to have that moment than on a magic carpet ride? “A Whole New World” from Aladdin promises that escapade in spades when the young Aladdin (disguised as the wealthy Prince Ali) invites Princess Jasmine (who is on to his innocent deception) to join him on a soaring aerial sojourn around the globe. The Academy Award-winning number was written by Alan Menken and Tim Rice.

“Beauty and the Beast” from Beauty and the Beast

What could be a more sentimental choice to end this list with than the Academy Award-winning title song from Beauty and the Beast? Sung by Mrs. Potts the teapot as the stubborn Belle and the equally stubborn Beast let their frosty exteriors melt a little, sharing in a sweeping waltz around the palace, it is a warm and cozy song about a friendship that is evolving on to something more. The Alan Menken and Howard Ashman ditty is a gentle reminder that, only when we let our true hearts show who and what we, are we opening ourselves up for something wonderful.

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His forthcoming book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, will hit the shelves in October, 2019. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.

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