Published September 7, 2009

You know those viral videos that your mom sends you? The ones meant to give you a smile or a laugh — most of which are cute but disposable. Well, here’s one that is possibly the greatest cheer-you-up-from-the-doldrums video I’ve ever seen. It did, in fact, put tears in my eyes. According to YouTube, this thing has already gotten more than 10,000,000 views, so perhaps you’ve seen it, but it was new to me. I’m reproducing the text as it was sent:

This video was made in the Antwerp, Belgium Central (Train) Station on March 23rd 2009. With no warning to the passengers passing through the station, at 08:00 a.m. a recording of Julie Andrews singing Do, Re, Mi begins to play on the public address system. As the bemused passengers watch in amazement, some 200 dancers appear from the crowd and station entrances. They created this amazing stunt with just two rehearsals! Enjoy all who see this!

According to the info at the YouTube source, this stunt was a promotion for a Belgian TV program seeking to cast an unknown for the role of Maria in a new production of The Sound of Music. I’m not sure what would happen if something similar was attempted in, say, Grand Central Station … Homeland Security would probably go ape shit. But I would surely love to see someone try. How cool to be on your way to work and see 200 people spontaneously break out into song and dance … just like in a musical. Truly inspiring.

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