It is hard to imagine anyone not loving Disney music. It’s nostalgic, meaningful, and it reminds us of the innocence of our childhood.
In her music video for “Neverland”, Zendaya pays tribute to Harvey Weinstein’s Broadway musical soundtrack “Finding Neverland: The Album”. Regardless if you’re familiar with Peter Pan and his home of Neverland, Zendaya is about to sprinkle a little bit of pixie dust with her fairy tale–inspired, stage-bound performance.
The music video begins with Zendaya attempting to break into a theatre with an urge to rehearse a song that she dreamt about. The problem is, the door is locked. Luckily, Bryan Cranston (from “Breaking Bad”) mysteriously appears and unlocks the backstage door for her. He disappears almost immediately before you can utter the word “magic”.
Once Zendaya opens her mouth to sing, the stage comes alive with a group of dancers. The 19-year-old singer – who spent 3 years dancing with Future Shock Oakland – joins her dance partner, “Dancing With The Stars” alum Maksim Chmerkovskiy, on the action.
As the beautiful dance routine comes to an end, Cranston returns with an umbrella and a piece of advice for her.
“They say that in order to succeed in this business, you need a hook,” says Cranston before magically disappearing again.
“It was an honor to act alongside Bryan Cranston, and so great to reunite with Maks (Chmerkovskiy) and Ian (Eastwood), who both helped bring a cool and edgier vibe to the video through their choreography. I hope my fans are as inspired by Neverland as I was inspired by Finding Neverland on Broadway,” Zendaya told Billboard.
Enjoy the music video:
While Zendaya’s version of the Broadway tune is melodic and sugary, Jennifer Hudson (who performed her rendition of “Neverland” at the Tony Awards) has more soul and grit.
We love both versions but do share with us your thoughts on both performance. Who do you prefer – Zendaya or J-Hud?
Check out J-Hud’s performance below:
The “Finding Neverland” musical is based on the 2004 J.M. Barrie biopic and it’s also an adaptation from Allan Knee’s 1998 play “The Man Who Was Peter Pan”.