'The Lion King' cast surprises New Yorkers on subway

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'The Lion King' Cast Surprises New Yorkers On Subway

Can you feel the love tonight ... on the subway? The cast of the Broadway classic "The Lion King" surprised New Yorkers June 28 in a subway car -- and new video of the event is now making rounds on the Internet.

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 01: (L-R) Andile Gumbi as 'Simba', Quvenzhane Wallis and Chantel Riley as 'Nala' pose backstage at the hit musical 'The Lion King' on Broadway at The Minskoff Theater on August 1, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Lion King cast members, Ben Jeffrey, Banita Hamilton and Patrick Brown attend The 2013 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards at Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: The cast of 'The Lion King' speaks onstage at The 67th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: Chondra La-Tease Profit, Lindiwe Diamini and Alton Fitzgerald White attend the lighting ceremony honoring the 15th anniversary of Broadway's 'The Lion King' at the Empire State Building on December 4, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: Alton Fitzgerald White attends the Lighting Ceremony Honoring The 15th Anniversary Of Broadway's 'The Lion King' at The Empire State Building on December 4, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: (L to R) Performers Chondra La-Tease Profit and Lindiwe Dlamini attend the Lighting Ceremony Honoring The 15th Anniversary Of Broadway's 'The Lion King' at The Empire State Building on December 4, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: (L to R) Performers Chondra La-Tease Profit, Lindiwe Dlamini and Alton Fitzgerald White attend the Lighting Ceremony Honoring The 15th Anniversary Of Broadway's 'The Lion King' at The Empire State Building on December 4, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Actress Tshidi Manye attends the afterparty for 'The Lion King' Broadway 15th Anniversary Celebration at Minskoff Theatre on November 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by J. Countess/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: The cast of 'The Lion King' perform onstage during the curtain call for 'The Lion King' Broadway 15th Anniversary Celebration at Minskoff Theatre on November 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by J. Countess/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: The cast of 'The Lion King' perform onstage during the curtain call for 'The Lion King' Broadway 15th Anniversary Celebration at Minskoff Theatre on November 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by J. Countess/Getty Images)
Disney Theatrical Productions welcomed Oscar,Tony,Grammy and Emmy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg (moderator of ABC's 'The View') to the cast of Broadway's landmark musical event, 'The Lion King,' for one night only on THURSDAY,JANUARY 14, 2010 at the Minskoff Theatre in New York City. Goldberg appeared in a series of surprise cameos throughout the performance. VW10 (Photo by Steve Fenn/ABC via Getty Images) WHOOPI GOLDBERG,CAST
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 02: The Cast of 'The Lion King' onstage during the 10th Anniversary celebration of Only Make Believe at the Shubert Theatre on November 2, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Only Make Believe)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 02: The Cast of 'The Lion King' onstage during the 10th Anniversary celebration of Only Make Believe at the Shubert Theatre on November 2, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Only Make Believe)
** FILE ** A production number from "The Lion King" is performed during the 1998 Tony Awards ceremony at New York's Radio City Music Hall in this June, 1998 file photo. Disney Enterprises Inc. filed an urgent court application Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2004, to prevent its trademarks from being sold off in South Africa if a poor family that says it lost millions in royalties from the hit song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" wins its lawsuit against the entertainment giant. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Pedestrians walk past Broadway's Minskoff Theatre in New York where the long-running musical "The Lion King" has moved, June 13, 2006. Disney shifted "The Lion King" to the Minskoff to make room for the new Disney production "Mary Poppins" at the New Amsterdam Theatre. (AP Photo/Cameron Bloch)
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Some amazing singers there, but we couldn't take our eyes off a few specific people.

Even though they whipped out their phones to record, many of them looked indifferent or even agitated during the performance. So -- distracted while filming, or annoyed on their commute?

Some commenters on YouTube reflected the latter, calling the video "really annoying."

One said: "What if people don't want this. Ever thought of that?" Another wrote "I feel bad for everyone on that subway who had to listen to a bunch of people scream nonsense for 4 minutes."

We think we know someone who would agree with that user: maybe Scar?

But not everyone was a negative Nancy. Media outlets were all about the video. Mashable said the people were being "serenaded," The Huffington Post noted New Yorkers "cracked a smile," and New York Daily News called it a "world class rendition."

And it is -- "The Lion King"'s Twitter account posted the video, confirming it was the Broadway cast.

You might recall another "let's surprise everyone with a Lion King song" moment that made headlines. In April, the cast of "The Lion King" Australia surprised fellow passengers on a flight.

Hey, though, to be fair ... if New Yorkers weren't fans of the subway singing, they could at least get off the train. These passengers were on a plane. And you can't really jump out of a commercial flight.

Check out the YouTube video in full here:

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