As the saying goes, “all the world’s a stage,” and since New York is the home of the Great White Way, you better believe that includes Laguardia Airport. When Sunday night’s storm delayed dozens of flights, the Broadway casts of The Lion King and Aladdin were among those stranded for hours. What better way to pass the time (and brighten the mood) than invoke an acapella sing-off worthy of Pitch Perfect proportions?
Passengers lucky enough to be stranded along with the casts were treated to a rousing performance of both shows’ opening numbers—Circle of Life and Arabian Nights, respectively—although the highlight of the almost eight-minute video might be Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart’s freestyle rapping (“I don’t understand how y’all be coming at me after we have to go after the Circle of Life!”) This isn’t the first time the Lion King cast has treated bystanders to an impromptu concert: last August, they surprised New York subway riders by staging a flash mob where they performed another spirited rendition of Circle of Life.
It’s okay to admit that this is probably the only time you wish your flight was delayed, because you’re definitely not alone.