More details on the Disney+ special 'Harmonious Live!' coming from EPCOT tonight

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Posted: Tuesday June 21, 2022 6:44am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Harmonious Live!, hosted by Idina Menzel, airs tonight on Disney+ and we have a few more details of what to expect.

Harmonious Live! honors World Music Day, and will be hosted by Tony Award-winning performer, actress, singer-songwriter, Idina Menzel ("Frozen," "Frozen 2") with special guest Auli'i Cravalho ("Moana").

The live event from Disney Branded Television celebrates the power of music with a medley of classic Disney music reinterpreted by a culturally diverse group of 240 artists from all around the world, all performed by a live orchestra and ensemble of international vocalists.

Segments of Harmonious have been filmed over the past few days, with a full dress rehearsal taking place last night.

The live show will air in the U.S. and Canada on June 21 at 9pm ET, and a replay will be available after the event.

The show will air in the U.S. and Canada June 21 at 9pm ET.

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waltography21 hours ago

Granted, I'm biased against the show as is, but showing real people is what sold the thesis of the show to me more than whatever was happening in the lagoon. I have no interest in watching the show at Epcot anytime soon, but I may revisit this special again sometime.

Randall102822 hours ago

All the more reason to focus more on the show itself and not the performers pantomiming what they achieved in a studio. Cutting to them from time to time is totally fine, but they were focusing far too much on the performers for me.

waltography1 day ago

This is my thought exactly. Too many factors already in a live production to fail, and you choose to add live audio to the mix? For a one-time only show that's been seemingly pulled together in a tight schedule for what essentially amounts to a business test on a larger scale, I don't think it would've been worth it. The gesture to live music was probably the most impactful here with least effort required. (And it's not like they expected this to be a gangbuster ratings powerhouse.) I only wish that the singers were better lip-syncers. The singer who stood in for an "American" voice was the most noticeable to me (taking breaths when she shouldn't, not mouthing consonants at the right time, etc.).

Corgi1 day ago

Harmonious live was awesome!

Cliff1 day ago

Curious to know your thoughts on why you thought it was....

tsaintc1 day ago

Just got back from WDW (June 8th through the 20th), and we saw Harmonious for the first time. It is awful. That is all.

Cliff2 days ago

Yeah....I initially scoffed and shook my head at the whole deal. But, now that I think about it, if they "had" done a 100% real live performance in the way it was produced? It would have been a nightmare that would have required WAY more setup and preperation and testing rehersal. This is an outdoor park, not an Academy Awards stage in Hollywood that you can close for a month. Doing a real live show "properly" with all the preperation needed would have trippled the budget of this show. It also would have opened it up to artist performance mistakes too. Im OK with the way they did it now. It makes sense and it was necessary.

Stevek2 days ago

I have zero issue with them lip syncing, just find funny that anyone could actually think that was live. I don’t think Disney does a lot of truly live performances on their shows.

brickbuilder7112 days ago

They must've seen Cliff's video and tried to one better him.

Cliff2 days ago

I think we can cut Disney some slack on the fake live lip syncing. Thinking more about it here....if this was a "true" live performance with everybody playing and singing in real-time, that would have been a really hard production to pull off. It would have required tons of sound checking, carefull mic setups and a nasty-hard mix job around the lands....all at once. The potential for error in a spread-out outdoor event like this and keeping it all tight with the live lagoon display and fireworks? Yeah...that would have been pure AV Hell and too risky for a live show. The way they did it was much more practicle. Lip syncing to a pre recorded, pre mixed studio track that was already playing in paralell with Harmonious itself was so much easier. Plus 90% of the viewers would not even look that closely to notice anyway. Faking the audio and making really nice visuals prolly was the best production choice after all.

CeciliaKy2 days ago

yes. Jamie played in the Brave segment.

Cmdr_Crimson2 days ago

That choir looked waaaay to excited to be singing this.

Cliff2 days ago

Well, I did own a recording studio in the Washington DC area for 20 years and made thousands of live and studio recordings myself.

Stevek2 days ago

For sure...and given your background, I would think you would be able to recognize that better than some.