Lion King Goes High-Tech, Launches 360-Degree Video of "Circle of Life"

News   Lion King Goes High-Tech, Launches 360-Degree Video of "Circle of Life" Fans of Broadway's The Lion King are able to experience the opening number, "Circle of Life," the way only the actors have been able to do until now — in a 360-degree view from the middle of the action.

The number, which was posted on the web the morning of Nov. 18, was shot using virtual-reality technology, marking what producer Disney Theatrical said is the first time the technology has been used inside a Broadway theatre. The claim set off a gentlemanly war of words between Thomas Schumacher of Disney and Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer of School of Rock.

The "Circle of Life" video can be experienced by clicking below. To get the full virtual reality effect, the clip must be viewed in one of the following ways:

  • To view on a desktop, open the window below in the latest Chrome browser and use your mouse to click and drag to navigate your view.
  • To view on mobile or tablet, open the link in the latest YouTube app and move your device to navigate your view.
  • To view on a headset, watch on Google Cardboard with the YouTube app (Android only).

    Beginning at 1 PM ET Nov. 18, the video will be available on YouTube and Facebook and can be viewed in the following ways:

  • To view on a desktop, visit YouTube.com/DisneyonBroadway or Facebook.com/TheLionKing in the latest Chrome browser and use your mouse to click and drag to navigate your view.
  • To view on mobile or tablet, open the latest YouTube or Facebook app and visit the Disney On Broadway YouTube Channel or The Lion King Facebook Page. Move your device to navigate your view.
  • To view on a headset: Watch on the Samsung Gear VR with MilkVR. Watch on Google Cardboard with the YouTube app (Android only) or the Littlstar app (available on the App Store and Play Store).

Watch a featurette about the shooting of the video below:

The technology was pioneered on Broadway Oct. 14 when School of Rock released a similar clip, which has been seen by more than 1 million viewers. Watch it here.

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