Circle Of Life Surprise in NYC Subway

A Google connection brought this video to my attention.

In an African savannah, several animals stare at a lion atop a tall rock. A lion's head can be seen in the clouds above. Atop the image is the text "Walt Disney Pictures presents The Lion King".

In an African savannah, several animals stare at a lion atop a tall rock. A lion’s head can be seen in the clouds above. Atop the image is the text “Walt Disney Pictures presents The Lion King“.

The 1994 American animated musical adventure film The Lion King produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures soon found its way to the stage.

After the Broadway adaptation came two direct-to-video follow-ups – sequel The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride (1998) and the prequel/parallel The Lion King 1½ (2004) — and two spin-off series Timon and Pumbaa and The Lion Guard.

North America only got a limited release on June 15, 1994, playing in only two theaters, El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles and Radio City Music Hall in New York City. You would think it could not go wrong with such marvellous music to be recognised with two Academy Awards for its achievement in music and having had the 20th-highest-grossing feature film of all time.

Earlier this Summer commuters got a surprise with a beautiful an acappella performance of “The Circle of Life.” The singers were scattered around the car, initially blending in with the normals. Look at the faces of the commuters and the kids which are going more and more from a surprise being taken up into the music by this great cast. Who could resist not joining in singing along and tapping their feet? As usual with such a mob or a public performance in an public space there are also people who stay annoyed by the disruption which comes over them and in this case lets them no way of escape.

The Australian cast did something similar on a plane back in April. So, perhaps more casts would become inspired to bring the show closer to the public and would not mind surprising us. (I would not mind it, and would love it.)

Adult Simba from The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

Adult Simba from The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jamal Lee Harris, an ensemble member in the production,  uploaded to YouTube the video of the surprise act which  got already 3,820,339 views when I got to see it. He lets us belief that the cast has a lot of fun doing the show and wants to share their love  for it with others.

The jungle New York got its jungle music and

“Taking it out of the theater and putting it out there in the context where it can be appreciated by the masses.”

Though some may have been annoyed and also reactions like this one came up:

We didn’t pay the fare to get a fucking free show that we won’t probably hear because most of us are wearing headphones, to block the shity people out.

Alanna Nikol writes:

I live in New york and every time something like this happens you feel like strangling them with your bare hands. I don’t care if they’re famous, this is definition of hell. I’m sure anyone who has never been there must think this is awesome, to me this is the worst possible scenario to take place while riding the subway. Wait until you lived in New york and traveled the subways every goddam day and this will make your day worse, not better. There are people like this Every Day on the subway. Every G……. Day.

Have we become so fed up with daily work routine we can not be open any more for some change nor some sounds which now have become too much for our ears, because all day we have been tampered with too much noise? When people do find such an acappella already disturbing noise, what does it tell about our community? When people do find such an artistic event a bunch of loud shouting when they come home from work, does it not give us food fro thought about the relation of work and the things we can bear in a day?

You would question why could not more people enjoy some more positive sounds enlightening them after a terrifying day? I would think what a great way to brighten up a dull ride on the underground where often we get beggars who can not sing or master their musical instrument.

Joe Moore via Google+ wrote:>

Proving that music & singing are free things which lift the spirit more than buying something or spending money.  Love seeing this kind of thing.

I also enjoyed it and wanted to share it with you, sending my love from a totally different jungle, the surrealist country Belgium. Enjoy the show!

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  • ‘The Lion King’ Cast Belt Out ‘Circle of Life’ for Subway Goers (VIDEO) (chinatopix.com)
    The Tony award-winning cast belted out one of the most memorable songs of both the film and theater versions of “The Lion King” – “The Circle of Life”.
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    The critically-acclaimed Broadway musical is currently being shown at The Minskoff Theater in Times Square.
  • The Lion King cast are at it again, this time singing Circle of Life on a train (metro.co.uk)
    Dressed in regular clothes, the Broadway cast of the long-running musical looked like your typical passengers reading books and listening to music through headphones, until one suddenly started to lead the seasoned ensemble in a rendition of Elton John’s hit song, The Circle Of Life, which was originally featured in the 1994 Disney movie.
  • Broadway cast of ‘The Lion King’ takes over NYC subway, sings ‘Circle of Life’ (thegrio.com)
    You might recall back in April when the Australian cast of The Lion King provided in-flight entertainment on their journey from Brisbane to Sydney, serenading passengers with “Circle of Life.”Not to be outdone, The Broadway cast of The Lion King in New York City recently boarded an “A” train subway car and gave riders an unforgettable surprise.
  • The Summer Of ’94: How ‘The Lion King’ Shaped Us For Adulthood (dayandadream.com)
    The Lion King taught everybody to grow up real, real quick. You see, back in 1994, Disney hadn’t really come into its moral compass picture yet. Sure, Aladdin almost taught us that “these h*es ain’t loyal” nearly twenty years before Chris Brown danced to it and Bambi taught an entire generation of people about survival back in the ’40s but in 1994 – The Lion King took every little bit of your heart and told you what it was like to grow up.
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    Crazy people will put blame on something you may not have anything to do with in order to feel better themselves.
  • Webtstic: Cast Of Broadway’s ‘The Lion King’ Invades NYC Subway With ‘Circle Of Life’! (VIDEO) (starpittsburgh.cbslocal.com)

    (Rob Kim/Getty Images for Sony Pictures Television)

    (Rob Kim/Getty Images for Sony Pictures Television)

    What would you do if this happened to you on your commute to work?! I would take my purse & raise it in the air like Simba! (no lie– any time this song plays I immediately grab whatever is close to me and present it to my kingdom) haha!

  • Broadway cast of ‘The Lion King’ takes over NYC subway (abc13.com)
    First a plane, now a train. The Broadway cast of Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ were back at it again with an impromptu performance of “The Circle of Life.”
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios Review: The Lion King (animatedkid.wordpress.com)
    The plot is really good and establishes the theme of Circle of Life, though I do think it gets a bit too choppy.
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    Around 1991/1992, the film was changed to be a musical, which caused conflicts amongst the crew, and caused some of them to leave. Disney’s B team was working on this film at the time, as everyone else was more excited for Pocahontas, as they thought the latter would be the bigger success. They took a trip to Africa in 1991 for inspiration in the drawings and the script.  The real development of the film started when Pocahontas did in 1990 (as in the 88 board meeting, Aladdin was chosen over The Lion King). In 1992, many changes were made to the film, which ended up being the final product that we have now.
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    Many of the workers did not want to be working on this film, and it was seen as a secondary project; like The Rescuers Down Under. They brought lions in the studio (like they did with Bambi in the 40s) to study animal movement and behavior.
  • “Remember who you are.” (grtfilm.wordpress.com)
    Set in a kingdom of lions in Africa, The Lion King tells the story a lion named Simba, prince of the Pride Lands. When Simba’s father, Mufasa, is murdered by his jealous and treacherous brother Scar, Simba is blamed for Mufasa’s death and banished from the Pride Lands, after which Scar takes the throne. The rest of the film follows Simba as he grows and realizes he must face his uncle and his past, and reclaim his right to the throne.
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    No matter how old you are, there’s bound to be at least one part of this movie that brings you to the verge of tears.
    +It’s insane to me that this film turns 20 years old today.There is nothing more exciting than being a child when a movie like The Lion King comes out. This film has to be one of Disney’s most treasured animated features among the entirety of its cinematic works. And those of us who have seen it know why.

    Set in a kingdom of lions in Africa, The Lion King tells the story a lion named Simba, prince of the Pride Lands. When Simba’s father, Mufasa, is murdered by his jealous and treacherous brother Scar, Simba is blamed for Mufasa’s death and banished from the Pride Lands, after which Scar takes the throne. The rest of the film follows Simba as he grows and realizes he must face his uncle and his past, and reclaim his right to the throne.

    Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Matthew Broderick voice the young and adult Simba, with James Earl Jones as Mufasa, and Jeremy Irons as Scar.

    The film includes an ensemble of other characters: Simba’s best friends Nala (Niketa Calame/Moira Kelly), Timon (Nathan Lane) and Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella); Zazu (Rowan Atkinson); Rafiki (Robert Guillaume); and Scar’s loyal hyenas Shenzi (Whoopi Goldberg), Banzai (Cheech Marin) and Ed (Jim Cummings).

    So many elements make this movie memorable, powerful and a classic. Hans Zimmer’s score for one—music that leaves you emotionally hypnotized throughout the film’s most powerful scenes. We are also given a set of songs, courtesy of Elton John, with lyrics so unforgettable that those in their 20s today know them by heart.

    Another of the film’s powerful elements is the heartfelt pain that grips you when Mufasa falls to his death and his son desperately attempts to wake him; when Simba is visited by his father’s spirit in a brief, but dramatic exchange; or during the climactic conflict between Simba and Scar atop Pride Rock.

    The Lion King fails to fall short in any area of emotional impact, giving us humor, jealousy, love, loss, anger and friendship. Despite using animals as characters, the film’s story effectively makes each character relatable to the audience in some shape or form. No matter how old you are, there’s bound to be at least one part of this movie that brings you to the verge of tears. This is one of many, if not the primary, elements of The Lion King that makes it so powerful, but it’s the whole package that makes it my favorite Disney animated film of all time.

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    “Look at the stars. The great kings of the past look down on us from those stars…So whenever you feel alone, just remember that those kings will always be there to guide you…and so will I.” – Mufasa

  • Disney Announces ‘The Lion King’ TV Spin-Off, ‘The Lion Guard’ (aceshowbiz.com)
    The Lion Guard“, to be produced by Disney Television Animation, is a series that follows lion cub Kion, a member of the Lion Guard group tasked with preserving his family’s natural habitat. The show will also feature new characters, including a honey badger, a cheetah, a hippo and an egret. Familiar characters Simba, Nala, Timon and Pumbaa will make appearance as well.”The story of ‘The Lion King’ has deeply touched families around the world,” said Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide. “We look forward to introducing a whole new generation of kids to both the Disney legacy characters and to new friends and heroes.”
  • ‘The Lion King’: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Disney Classic (news.moviefone.com)
    When writer Irene Mecchi was hired, she was told that the story pitch was “‘Bambi in Africa’ meets ‘Hamlet,'” so she started calling it “Bamlet.”
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    The film was titled “King of the Jungle,” until someone realized that lions don’t live in the jungle. The phrase still showed up on some Disney merchandise.
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    To further underscore Scar’s villainy, Disney put in subtle (and not-so-subtle) Nazi references, including having Scar’s army goosestep and having Scar address his troops from a high ledge, as Hitler would from a balcony. There is also supposedly a Swastika pattern on the rocks nearby.
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    The two-and-a-half minute wildebeest stampede, one of the only computer-animated segments in the film, took more than two years to create.

 

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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