Hear Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new Disney movie song

November 19, 2021
Mirabel (voiced by Stephanie Beatriz, center) is the only ordinary child of the magical Madrigal family in Disney's musical "Encanto."
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The Madrigal family in Disney’s animated musical fantasy “Encanto” (in theaters Wednesday) features 12 major characters and more cool superpowers than your average Avengers squad. So the idea for songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda’s opening number seemed fairly obvious.

“Our job is to introduce them to you as clearly as possible,” Miranda says of the “Encanto” clan. “And that’s when I kind of raise my hand and say, ‘Hey, music can do this.’ ”

The movie centers on a Colombian family who lives in a magical house and each member has a gift, from shape-shifting to communicating with animals. In “The Family Madrigal,” the first of eight tunes Miranda wrote and produced for “Encanto,” 15-year-old Mirabel (voiced by Stephanie Beatriz) introduces each of her relatives and what amazing things they can do, with the twist being she’s the only one without a gift. (Check out usatoday.com‘s  exclusive clip from the opening number.)

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The song shows how proud Mirabel is “of who she is and where she’s from,” says Beatriz, 40, who is Colombian on her father’s side. “I didn’t have that sense of pride in myself and my ancestry and my DNA that Mirabel has. I got it much later, but Maribel’s got it. It’s so deep for her.”

Beatriz, best known as aggressively angry TV cop Rosa Diaz on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” didn’t have too hard a time channeling her inner 15-year-old: “That is basically where I am living inside of myself at all times.” And her friendship with Miranda dates back to “our starving early 20s together” in the New York theater scene, Miranda says. “The cosmic joke is that the world got introduced to Steph with her voice two octaves down (as) Rosa Diaz when it’s actually one of the most expressive, bubbly musical instruments maybe on earth.”

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Miranda wanted to include as much Colombian influence in the songs as possible, like having an accordion be the lead instrument of “The Family Madrigal.”

“I have roots in Puerto Rico and Mexico. To travel to Colombia and do our research, it was like going to your cousin’s house. I see the way in which my music and this music is similar,” says Miranda, who discovered that the specificity of Colombian culture unlocked story elements. Mirabel’s big solo number “Waiting on a Miracle” is in 3/4 time – true for a lot of folkloric Colombian music – while every other number is in 4/4, explaining musically that “she’s out of time with the rest of her family.”

Writing a Disney “I want” song like “Waiting on a Miracle” is the hardest type for Miranda because “you can’t attack the blank page without thinking about ‘Into the Unknown’ or ‘Part of Your World’ or ‘I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,’ ” says the Tony-winning musical theater icon, who “locked myself in my childhood bedroom” to finish “How Far I’ll Go,” his Oscar-nominated number from 2016’s “Moana.”

Beatriz gets emotional discussing “Waiting on a Miracle,” which is in “the grand tradition of the Disney heroine opening her mouth and letting out every single dream and fear,” she says. “Those are the songs that you sing to yourself in the mirror because you, as a kid, don’t exactly know what to do with all the feelings and thoughts. And somehow this song has given you a gateway into trying to figure out who you are in the world and what you want, where you belong.”

And Miranda points out that Beatriz was singing the song while actually “waiting on a miracle”: They recorded the tune over Zoom last summer during the pandemic when Beatriz was nearly nine months pregnant with her daughter. “It wasn’t easy!” says Beatriz, who worked with a vocal coach to use proper breathing techniques and “make sure that I was supporting myself because you’re growing this whole human and they are like elbowing your lungs the whole time, just chilling out there with a foot up smashed against your ribs.”

Mirandą would also “sneaky text” her during their sessions: “I’d be like, ‘You’re going to be in a club with Jodi Benson and Anika Noni Rose and Lea Salonga. You’re in the princess club, lady.’ ”

Beatriz adds: “And I’d send back the flooding tears emoji.”

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