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The cast of The Lion King musical surprise fellow flight passengers with impromptu performance


For those of us who hate flying, being stuck on a plane with the cast of The Lion King musical could be our worst nightmare. But for the rest of us, it could be the best in-flight entertainment ever, judging by this video.

On Monday, the Australian cast of Disney's hit musical treated their fellow Virgin Australia flight passengers to a spontaneous, a cappella rendition of the show’s most iconic song, The Circle Of Life.

The performers were seated at the front of the plane which was flying from Brisbane to Sydney and sang a solid two minutes of the opening song in The Lion King.

While some passengers pulled out their mobiles to record the moment and others watched on in utter surprise, some remained straight-faced throughout the stint.

After the performance, the singers received a round of applause and a steward thanked the cast for a "beautiful song" and joked that the captain was "quite embarrassed because his PA didn’t compare".

The video has attracted over two million views on YouTube, with one commenter writing "I can't believe nobody held up a baby!"

Earlier that day, the cast attended a launch event which announced the musical will hit Brisbane theatres for the first time this September. "Members of our Australian cast felt so elated they decided to sing the 'Circle of Life' prior to take off on their flight back to Sydney!" reads the description on the YouTube video.

It will be the biggest musical to ever show in Queensland, with 51 cast members, 232 puppets, 24 musicians, 19 wardrobe staff, 13 carpenters, 10 electricians and a physical therapist as reported on the Mail Online.

In the meantime, the cast are to perform at Sydney's Capitol Theatre on Wednesday afternoon until the end of August.

The Lion King musical is based on the iconic Disney film that grossed nearly £60 million ($1billion) in theatres, and first debuted in Australia in 2003.

The musical is in its 15th year at London’s Lyceum Theatre and is currently on its first tour of the UK.

(Images: Disney, The Lion King)



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