For over 20 years, a cultural divide ended the popularity of movie musicals. As a result, the intervening generation, which barely saw new cinematic musicals, was far less likely to be drawn to films like A Little Shop of Horrors, Everyone Says I Love You, and a multitude of other adult-targeted musical underperformers. Meanwhile, younger teenagers were treating Aladdin’s “A Whole New World” like a date movie, and while the kids were enraptured by Jerry Orbach’s faux-French stylings to “Be Our Guest,” even the most jaded Hollywood insider parents were impressed enough to nominate Beauty and the Beast for Best Picture back when that actually meant something.
A generation of young moviegoers thus came of age during a period when the most popular family entertainment that most could enjoy featured characters unapologetically, and without a sense of irony, breaking into rapturous song. And with actual Broadway and West End talent like Jodi Benson, Paige O’Hara, and Lea Salonga playing many of these starring princesses, they all sounded better than the actual live-action musical movie stars to come years later….Read more at: http://www.denofgeek.us/movies/disney-renaissance/237960/how-disney-saved-musicals