It may be “A Whole New World,” but some things never change.
To celebrate Disney’s “Diamond Edition” re-release of Aladdin, the original singing voices of Aladdin and Jasmine, Brad Kane and Lea Salonga, reunited on Good Morning America “nearly a quarter of a century” later. (23 years, to be exact.) Of course, they had to perform their iconic duet:
We’ve heard Tony-winner Salonga sing the tune recently -- she performed a rendition with Il Divo
late last year -- but it’s emotional hearing them sing it together, again. Especially since they sound exactly the same.
Here’s the original, for comparison’s sake:
Fun fact: The man playing the piano for them is none other than eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won the Academy Award for Best Original song in 1992 for “A Whole New World.”
“How did it come to me?” Menken explained about composing the song all those years ago. “We just wanted that very romantic feeling of a flight…It comes pretty quickly.”
Also in attendance were the speaking voices of Aladdin (Scott Weinger) and Jasmine (Linda Larkin), while Gilbert Gottfried aka Iago joined the cast for an appearance on The View.
We would take a re-release of Aladdin every year if it meant getting more of these reunions. Bring on the "Ruby Edition" and the "Sapphire Edition"!
Now, watch Robin Williams hilariously bring Genie to life in never-before-seen Aladdin footage: