Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images Photo: Darren Criss' Smile at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards

Talk about the circle of life! Glee star and known Disney enthusiast — Aladdin inspired him to become a performer, for goodness sakes! —  Darren Criss got to give a surprise performance to Alan Menkin, AKA the musical genius behind The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and many other Disney classics, during Billboard’s event honoring the maestro.

The young composer took liberties with a few of the lyrics, however, performing a medley of some Disney tunes on acoustic guitar while he cracked jokes at Alan's expense — but it was all in good fun. Bonus: He was joined for "A Whole New World" by Lea Salonga, who voiced Jasmine in the film! (If that doesn’t make him an honorary Disney character, we’re not sure what will.)

Credit: Billboard.com Photo: Darren Criss Honors Disney Music Legend With a Sweet, Silly Medley [VIDEO]

Fun fact: Pre-Glee, Alan once stumbled upon Darren performing his songs in a coffee shop and tipped him $100! See kids? Dreams really do come true...if you're devastatingly attractive, charming, and wildly talented.

Source: Billboard

 

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