In almost every musical ever written, there’s a place —it’s usually about the third song of the evening, sometimes it’s the second, sometimes it’s the fourth, but it’s quite early— and the leading lady usually sits down on something —sometimes a tree stump in Brigadoon, sometimes it’s under the pillars of Covent Garden in My Fair Lady, or it’s a trashcan in Little Shop of Horrors— but the leading lady sits down on something and sings about what she wants in life, and the audience falls in love with her and roots for her to get it for the rest of the night.
Howard Ashman (talking about The Little Mermaid)