There was a lot of beauty at last night’s Tony Awards, from the inspiring speeches to the captivating musical numbers, to when they publicly embarrassed Josh Groban by cutting to his high school musical days.
I cried a lot of tears, both sorrowful and joyful, during the show last night. But the moment that most caught me by teary-eyed surprise came during the commercial breaks.
Behold the first trailer for Moana:
There’s just something about Dwayne Johnson’s voice that makes me smile, as if a ray of sunshine has found my face, giving me a bit of warmth and light just when I need it most. And man, do I love a Disney animated movie! And do you recognize that voice singing near the end? Yep. Not only did Lin-Manuel Miranda dominate the Tonys with Hamilton snatching scads of honors, and being the closing two numbers of the show, but also he brought his own brand of sunshine into this hotly anticipated movie as one of its songwriters.
Inspired by the culture and folklore of the South Pacific, Moana follows the titular girl (Auli’i Cravalho), the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators, on an epic journey in search of a fabled island. Maui (Johnson) is a demi-god who’ll accompany her, along with that precious pig. The voice cast also boasts Alan Tudyk and Hamilton’s Phillipa Soo!
Moana opens November 23rd.