To help promote Broadway’s “The Lion King” as “New York City’s most spectacular surprise,” the cast recently dressed in street clothes during a break between shows and took a ride on the city’s subway. Scattered throughout a train car, the cast, including children, then surprised commuters by launching into a performance of “The Circle of Life.” Turns out, a subway car has surprisingly good acoustics.
Of course, the whole thing was captured on video, and since being posted to YouTube on August 5 has already gotten more than 1.8 million views. As the YouTube description explains, “Last year the NYC subway served over 1 billion riders, and last year The Lion King became Broadway's first $1 billion show.”
Among the viewer comments posted on the video is one that reads, “This would make my day. Unless I had a hangover.”
The Tony Award-winning musical runs eight times a week at the Minskoff Theater in Times Square.