As the house lights dim, the African savanna comes to life on stage! For over twenty years, audiences young and old have flocked to the theater to be delighted by majesty of The Lion King. The musical is based on the 1994 Disney animated movie of the same name, and there is quite simply no other show like it. Thanks to the use of amazingly intricate animal costumes and puppets, human actors seem to disappear, making the animals the true stars of the show. The Lion King is the quintessential Broadway musical – just ask any of the 95 million people who have seen it on stage around the globe!
Follow the story of Simba as he grows up in the Pride Lands of Africa – born into the lap of luxury, the lion cub’s carefree youth is spent frolicking in the heartland with his friend Nala under the watchful eye of his father, Mufasa. Tragedy strikes, leaving Simba all alone and prompting him to flee the plains to start a new life far from the calamity of his past. Simba makes some new friends including Timon the meerkat and Pumba the warthog along the way, but eventually he is called back to his homeland to save it from destruction. Does the now older and wiser prince Simba have what it takes to rise above past evils and restore the animal kingdom of the Pride Lands to its former glory? Come see The Lion King, a tale of love and vindication in the African savanna and find out for yourself! As The New York Times proclaims, “There is simply nothing like it.”
While everyone has grown to love the classic story of The Lion King, the show really leaves audiences in awe thanks to its fantastically imagined visual artistry. As the performers parade onto the stage, their larger-than-life animal regalia is simply incredible. From the artfully crafted puppetry, to intricately carved masked and fanciful tribal-inspired makeup, it becomes hard to distinguish where the performers end and the animals themselves begin. The story is retold through amazingly physical stage work and an intricate interaction between cast members and stage decor. The Lion King conveys its tale of the African animal kingdom through stunning story-telling and immeasurable visual wonders.
Music & Cast
The Lion King’s unforgettable soundtrack was a collaboration put together by the brilliant musical minds of Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice. Timeless classics such as “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “The Circle of Life” entered the musical canon of the early 90’s, first made famous in the animated film and later breathed into life once again on the stage.
The highly-diverse Broadway cast brings together talented artists from over a dozen countries. As The Lion King tours around the globe, cast members perform in multiple languages, making the beloved story accessible to those from all corners of the earth. Actors from South Africa, Australia, the Philippines, Spain, the UK, Korea and beyond unite on stage to construct a production whose cast is as diverse as all the animals they portray in the show. Audiences can currently see Jared Dixon touring as Simba alongside Gerald Ramsey as Mufasa, Spencer Plachy as Scar, and Buyi Zama as Rafiki.
The Lion King is the third longest-running Broadway show, and any amateur theater buff knows that it’s quite simply a must-see when in New York. Lauded with 8 Drama Desk Awards, as well as 6 Tony Awards, including those for Best Musical, Original Score and Costume Design, The Lion King’s renown ensures a packed house for every performance. Director Julie Taymor even won the Tony for Best Direction of a Musical and became the first woman ever to win such an award. The Lion King has grossed over $1 billion to date, making it the highest-grossing Broadway show of all time.
Where To Watch
The Lion King made its musical debut in Minneapolis in July of 1997. The show quickly became a smashing hit and by October 1997, took up a Broadway residence at the New Amsterdam Theatre in Times Square. Currently playing at the Minskoff Theater, its home since 2006, The Lion King has become the third longest-running show in Broadway history. With over 8,500 performances in New York alone, the show’s momentum shows no signs of slowing down – proof that its classic story is one for the ages.
While The Lion King has no plans for leaving Broadway anytime soon, audiences across the country and around the globe have many opportunities to see the production closer to home. Currently on tour in North America, its journey takes the show to places like Florida, Virginia and Ontario, and has also set up shop at the Lyceum Theatre in London’s West End since 1999. Reserve your tickets now with BroadwayToday!
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