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Star Wars Director Gets a Birthday Surprise via the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Star Wars has officially taken over the box office, and its influence has now infiltrated the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following the Christmas concerts in December, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir received a request to sing “Happy Birthday.” It’s a request that the Choir gets quite often, especially on tour—but this was a little bit different. This time, the request came from the Conference Center stage, from guest artist Sutton Foster’s husband, Ted Griffin.

While Griffin and his wife stood on the stage saying their goodbyes to the Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, and staff, he asked if the Choir could sing “Happy Birthday” to his good friend Rian Johnson, who directed Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Take a look at the video below and see Johnson’s response: 


Sutton Foster even got in on the action, retweeting her husband's harmonious birthday gift to Johnson. 


The concert, featuring Sutton Foster and Hugh Bonneville, will be broadcast in December 2018 on PBS.