Who knew a ripoff of Improv Everywhere that is also an ad for something (I think?) could bring so much joy to a bitter old spinster with cat allergies like myself? In this case, it’s all in the choice of song and The Sound Of Music‘s dominion over all other musicals. Presenting: The Sound Of Music Train Station:

Shush: I don’t care if people were just trying to get somewhere through the train station. I don’t care that if I were to actually witness this, I would probably run away screaming “Something strange is happening! I think it’s 9/11!” Everyone loved it this time. It wasn’t a bunch of idiots annoying people. It wasn’t twee. It was amazing. (Thanks for the tip, Rosie!)

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  2. i think this improv everywhere stuff has peaked. SELL!@

  3. Eh, I may be a misanthrope but these things inspire mild hatred in me. Plus I have no love for Sound of Music, maybe my penis’ fault? But the weirdo techno part is hilarious. Though I no longer want to burn and sent Improv Everywhere to hell, because their April Fools prank (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkjBesGaaNo) shows they are somewhat self aware. They can just stay in purgatory.

  4. Jessica  |   Posted on Apr 3rd, 2009 -1

    You’re right; this is amazing!

  5. Screw you all! I loved it. Great song choice. Just because its been done before somewhere in the world does not make this crap. Let’s try not to have our first instinct be snarky with everything.
    There’s plenty Lohan-trampoline-fart-mashups that our hate needs directing towards.
    Lindsay, you and I may differ on cats but on this we can agree!

  6. HOLY.



    If I were there, and I really, really wish that I were, my jaw would have literally dropped to the floor and I would start weeping with tears of disbelief and pure unadulterated joy. That was pure genius.

  7. I am so jealous that I was nowhere near this masterpiece :/


  9. star  |   Posted on Apr 3rd, 2009 0

    I made me smile. No futher analysis needed.

  10. tracey  |   Posted on Apr 3rd, 2009 +4

    it may be the pms hormones talking, but this made me cry. this is joyous and fun and i wish this happened more often everywhere.

    • Flick  |   Posted on Apr 5th, 2009 -1

      You took the words out of my mouth. I think it was the looks on people’s faces, especially the elderly. So nice to see genuine amazement minus horror.

  11. This looks like it was infinitely better than the Sound of Music bus tour my parents forced me to go on.

  12. I’m about 99% sure this entire thing was staged
    I mean…YAY!
    Who doesn’t love a good flash mob? Even if it isn’t really one, which I don’t think this was.

  13. These freaks act like they’re sixteen going on seventeen.

  14. Maybe if the song weren’t so excruciating….

  15. good thing people at trains stations don’t have anywhere to be.

  16. That’s what it’s like in my head everyday.

  17. JV  |   Posted on Apr 3rd, 2009 +1

    Looks like this is an ad for the Belgian version of How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? It started off as a talent show in England to cast the role of Maria von Trapp for the stage version of Sound of Music. Canada did its own version of the show last year.

  18. Maggie B.  |   Posted on Apr 3rd, 2009 0

    Never underestimate the power of Julie Andrews!

  19. Yeah, maybe some manson instead and everyone disrobes to reveal trans gender sex suits. Yeah now that would be something.

  20. ronton  |   Posted on Apr 3rd, 2009 +1

    At 2:11, it turns into Night at the Roxbury, including record scratches.
    Also I hate “look they’re normal people dancing all of sudden” ad style.

  21. Fascist Baby  |   Posted on Apr 3rd, 2009 -2

    Was I the only one to applaude after this?

  22. Seriously, though? Perfect distracting vehicle for a big ol’ ricin attack.

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  24. Chadams  |   Posted on Apr 4th, 2009 +4

    NO MORE SHIT HAPPENING IN TRAINS STATIONS. EVER. Except boarding and deboarding trains.

  25. I have never had any attachment to the sound of music or musicals in general, but I just watched this like a slack-jawed drooling simpleton who finds a healthy set of housekeys completely transfixing.

    I guess I’m not uber-jaded and bitter about these kind of choreographed, er–”spontaneous” dance parties, I think they serve their purpose in making people look up from their iphones/b-berrys for a few minutes, forget everything and (god forbid) crack a smile. Some of you act like you’re confronted by these people on a daily basis and they’re making your traveling experiences completely unbearable…if so, where is this land of magical train stations?! I want to go there!

  26. Fuck the haters, Lindsay. I too thought this was neat.

  27. Aww man, I was there yesterday! Why do I miss everything good?

  28. Larry Krause  |   Posted on Apr 7th, 2009 0

    This was freaking awesome….

  29. Garron  |   Posted on Apr 8th, 2009 +3

    Look, just let me begin by saying that I too am somewhat of a misanthrope by nature, and I don’t really care one way or another for The Sound of Music, but this was somehow inspiring. Even when I read that it was staged, and supposedly an ad for something (even though I didn’t notice any type of product placement), it still made me smile, and although I didn’t cry, I do have a bit of a lump in my throat.
    To all the people with the “I hope there was no one trying to catch a train” argument…open your eyes and lighten up. Passengers were still able to get where they needed to go, you can even see a few of them trying to watch on the way to where ever they were going.
    To the “Seriously, though? Perfect distracting vehicle for a big ol’ ricin attack” person…you are the poster child for the type of reaction and outlook that terrorists dream of. Think about it….your comment reeks of fear and paranoia. Terrorists want us to think that the next attack could come from anywhere. B/c then it is guaranteed that we will react to any out of the ordinary situation like you have treated this one. I for one would rather die tomorrow knowing that I tried to live to the fullest, than to live a thousand years in fear of the next impending disaster. Oh and one more thing, I would take a good look around if I were you. In the last few months alone, we have had numerous tragedies involving the needless death of innocents….and none of them came from terrorists. They all came from scared, disillusioned, and mentally unstable US citizens that just snapped. We would be a lot more likely to have something of that nature happen to us than another terrorist attack.
    Finally, no matter how you personally reacted to this, you have to admit that anything that can make people smile, or just make them feel a little better about things, is a good thing. B/c in this day and age, we can’t afford to stop doing fun, whimsical, harmless things, just to keep a few buzzkills from complaining. You know the old cliche…..Misery Loves Company!!!!

  30. I can see Feist totally ripping off this idea for her next video.

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