Fans of Disney’s “Moana” will soon have a new reason to see the Oceania-themed hit animated film. Following a Hollywood premiere on Friday, a special singalong version of the movie — complete with on-screen lyrics — will open nationwide Jan. 27. (Hawaii locations have not been announced.)
“Moana” has reached powerhouse status on both the box-office and music charts. As the film approaches the $500 million mark in gross ticket sales, its official soundtrack — featuring songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadway’s “Hamilton”), Mark Mancina (“Tarzan”) and Opetaia Foa’i (lead singer of Te Vaka) — catapulted to the No. 2 spot on the Billboard 200 album chart last week.
National recording artist Alessia Cara’s pop version of “How Far I’ll Go” is getting heavy radio airplay in Honolulu, and Disney is also promoting the film with YouTube videos of its musical numbers, including Dwayne Johnson’s “You’re Welcome.”
Also on the way are digital and DVD versions of the movie, due out Feb. 21 and March 7, respectively.