Hamilton fans rejoiced when it was announced that Tony award-winning lyricist and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda would have a hand in creating the music for the highly anticipated Disney animated film Moana. Now, after months of waiting, we finally got our first taste of what we can expect from what promises to be a truly spectacular soundtrack.
Early this morning, one of the Miranda-penned tunes from the upcoming movie was released. The critically acclaimed songwriter tweeted his excitement for the recent release, praising the artist in the process:
Whoa it's really here!
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) October 28, 2016
The song, entitled “How Far I’ll Go”, embodies the sentiment of the film itself -- telling the tale of girl hungry for something more than her island can offer. The clip released, a cover by singer Alessia Cara (whose credits include hits such as “Here” and “Wild Things”), is one of two versions of the song featured in Moana, with Cara’s version playing over the credits.
Moana, which is set to hit theaters on November 23, tells the story of an adventurous young girl in the South Pacific who dreams of voyaging across the sea and saving her people in the process.
This is the first song from the soundtrack that has been released in its entirety, although stars of the film circulated a brief clip of Dwayne Johnson (as the demigod Maui) singing a jaunty tune called “You’re Welcome” a few weeks prior.
The soundtrack will also include songs by Mark Mancina, whose Disney credits include Tarzan and Brother Bear, and Opetaia Foa’I, songwriter for music group Te Vaka. It will feature both fresh and seasoned voices, including Dwayne Johnson, Jordan Fisher, and the Disney princess herself, Auli’i Cravalho.
The album is set to release on CD in just under three weeks on November 18; however, it is available for pre-order on Amazon.com.
Until then, listen to “How Far I’ll Go” below and let us know what you think!