Elton John performs stunning rendition of 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight' to mark 25 years of The Lion King on Broadway

Publish Date
Monday, 14 November 2022, 5:46PM

The Lion King has officially been on Broadway for 25 years and to celebrate the momentous milestone, Sir Elton John paid a special tribute to the musical by performing the song he wrote for the 1994 film.

At a private event, the 75-year-old music legend belted out a heartfelt rendition of 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight,' which won him the Oscar for Best Original Song, as well as the Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

While onstage, the Rocket Man said: "For a show to have run this long is very rare and it’s extraordinary.

"It was one of the greatest things to happen in my life in 1993 when Sir Tim Rice rang me up and said, 'Disney don’t think you want to do this, but will you do The Lion King?' And I went, 'Are you kidding me?'"

He continued: "It changed my whole life. Because it’s such a magical show, brilliantly put on the stage by Julie Taymor. Every time you go and see it, you just get goosebumps. It’s extraordinary, and I’m so proud to be a part of it."

The Lion King musical opened on Broadway on November 13, 1997, making it one of only three shows ever to hit its 25th anniversary.

Over the years it has won six Tony Awards, including one for director Taymor — the first woman ever to win the Tony for Best Director of a Musical, and has grossed more than US$1 billion, making it the highest-grossing Broadway production of all time.

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