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Watch ‘The Lion King’ cast burst into song from their plane seats

The cast of the Australian production of “The Lion King,” in a buoyant mood, gave it their all in a flash-mob performance aboard a Virgin Australia flight.

Buyi Zama, who plays Rafiki, led her fellow cast members, who were occupying the front three rows of the aircraft, in Elton John’s “Circle of Life.”


They were on their way from a promotional visit in Brisbane to Sydney,  where the production is now playing to sold-out crowds.

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Cast member Toni Ann Stewart first posted the video on YouTube, the Daily Mail noted. She wrote:

“Yes we did!! We surprised our fellow passengers on Virgin Australia flight 0970 back to Sydney. After an amazing day at the official Brisbane launch announcement we felt elated enough to sing the Circle of Life. It was so much fun. Enjoy!!!

The video had more than 3.8 million views as of midday Wednesday. 

The other passengers in the plane seemed a little uncertain. Maybe stunned? Or perhaps they were just quietly reverent. At the end of the song, a grown-up is seen urging a child up the center aisle from the back of the plane to get a better look.

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