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Lea Salonga and Brad Kane Reunite, Perform ‘A Whole New World’ 23 Years Later [WATCH]


Whenever cast members reunite, fans of old movies and shows are thrilled to see them, eager to have them share memories from the old days, talk about their love for their castmates, and yes, reenact some of our favorite moments.

Good Morning America brought us another classic reunion moment, this time with a musical performance.

On October 10th, GMA brought together the cast of Aladdin, one of those childhood movies that are still very close to our hearts. On the show was Scott Weinger (Aladdin), Linda Larkin (Jasmine), Jonathan Freeman (Jafar) and Ron Clements and John Musker (co-writers and directors). But the true magic happened when Alan Menken, Disney’s Oscar-winning songwriter, sat down at the piano.

The musical voices for Aladdin and Jasmine, Brad Kane and Lea Salonga, took to the stage to sing one of our favorite songs, “A Whole New World,” and permit me to say that these two are every bit as mega talented as they were 23 years ago. Their performance was pitch perfect and as moving and breathtaking as the original.

Hearing and seeing the song performed with such emotion and precision over two decades after the movie premiered reminds us all how close Disney movies can get to our hearts. It’s that timelessness that makes Disney recreate its stories, whether for Broadway or the silver screen, and why we’re so anxious to keep living these stories in all of their forms.

Aladdin is on Broadway now, and a prequel live-action film is reportedly in the works, with Genie as its main protagonist. The film was likely document Genie’s journey into the lamp, and his adventures “ten thousand years” before meeting Aladdin.

After that, a live-action Aladdin is likely. In the meantime, we’ll have to keep re-watching the original movie, out on Diamond Edition now, and on Blu-Ray October 13th.

Lisa Lo Paro
Lisa is a freelance writer and bibliophile living on the outskirts of New York City. She likes 2 a.m. with a good book, takes cream in her coffee and heavily filters her photos. Check out her blog The Most Happy, her Instagram, and Twitter.

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