When I first caught wind of Elton John's surprise performance (video below) at the 20th-anniversary celebration of 'The Lion King,' I thought, "No way. It can't be two decades since that movie came out." Turns out it was released in June of 1994 -- and it's the stage production that debuted three years later that's celebrating its 20-year anniversary.

Elton John, who co-wrote the music for the Disney classic and the stage adaptation, took the stage after last night's curtain call (11/5), surprising the audience with a performance of one of the show's staples, 'Circle of Life.'

[EW]