Cast members from Disney Broadway productions perform ‘They Live In You’

Broadway star L. Steven Taylor talks about the significance behind the performance and how Black history should always be celebrated and embraced, not just in the month of February.
5:24 | 02/26/21

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Transcript for Cast members from Disney Broadway productions perform ‘They Live In You’
We're celebrating black history month with a powerful performance from some of Disney's brightest stars. Famous for playing mew fafsa in "Lion king" joins us now. Good morning to you. Good morning to you. So great to have you here and excited to see this performance coming up in a second but you're not just part of the performance you helped create it. Tell us what this was like. What we're in store for. This was a huge undertaking. Yeah, I'm so proud to be a part of this and what you guys are about to see is basically the culmination of a major collaboration between the black employee resource groups across the Walt Disney company. They brought us great programming over the course of this month including this performance you're about to see where they brought together six different performers from three different Disney on Broadway show, "Lion king," "Aladdin" and "Frozen" to sing this special version of "They live in you" from "Lion king." Each of us performers chose a black historical figure that inspires us so as you're seeing you'll see us paired with our heroes and watch how they -- how we highlight their legacy inspiring them and living on through us. I'm told that you chose Jackie Robinson as your hero. How did he inspire you? Yeah, Jackie Robinson, he in my opinion is the blueprint for what it is to be an activist athlete or in my case an activist artist. Unfortunately, a lot of the same things that Jackie faced is what we face as black performers today and while we honor our responsibility for providing an escape through our art and entertainment we know like Jackie it's our responsibility to stand up for injustice while doing so. Yeah, and some of those heroes for folks are people that we live with and who live with us in our hearts and spirit and you have some on the wall behind you, some of your family members. Yeah, behind me, you see my grandmother and my grandfather and my grandmother specifically is literally my angel and you talk about living through somebody, I think about her and everything I do so it means a lot she's literally watching over me while here singing this song for you. We know she is certainly proud of you L. Steven Tyler, thank you for your time. Time now for an incredibly moving performance of "They live in you" from the Broadway musical "Lion king." Night and the spirit of life calling oh, oh, Iyo mamela, oh, oh, Iyo

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