Why See The Lion King?
Broadway's highest grossing show is on tour again!
Disney presents a musical that brings the much-loved 1994 animated film to life to breath-taking effects, spirit and power, inviting you to explore the African Serengeti and join the wide eyed cub Simba on the adventure of a lifetime as he grows up and accepts his destiny as the King of the Pride Lands. In addition to the beloved songs penned by Sir Elton John and Tim Rice (such as the soaring 'Circle of Life') this phenomenal adaptation has new original songs and explodes with joyous, captivating music that soundtrack the rich mythology and moving drama expertly.
Welcome to the lion king!
Since opening on Broadway in 1998, The Lion King has smashed records, evolving into the highest grossing show, playing to date, 6,700 performances and mounting new ones worldwide. The success is well deserved as the musical is a visually stunning affair, creating a realistic and thrilling landscape, with actors dressed as the wild animals and encompassing their characters in a spectacular, goose bump-giving performance that keeps audiences coming back time and again.
Whether you want to see the spectacle for yourself for the first time, or are a returning visitor, you can be sure that this is a musical that the whole family can enjoy!
What is The Lion King About?
To the rejoicing of all the animals of the savannah, a new prince is born, to just King Mufasa and his wife. The cub grows up into a lively youngster whose best friends are the sarcastic hornbill Zazu and the beautiful and feisty lioness Nyla. Together they play and discover their homeland in joy, until one day King Mufasa is tragically killed and Simba is replaced by his evil Uncle Scar, and retreats to the jungle to grow up with the hilarious meerkat Timon and the big-hearted wildebeest Pumba. But he can?t turn his back on the kingdom forever, and now he must act and stop Scar from destroying the Pride. Join Simba as he takes the journey to his destiny, learning about life, and love, along the way!
Did you know?
To transport the North American touring production, it involves 18 trucks to transport the puppets and set pieces from city to city! Of the 18, 14 of the trucks are 53' long trailers.
Opening night: 20 November 2019
The Lion King is elementary school children and older. Children under 4 years of age will not be admitted.
Two hours 40 minutes with one 15 minute intermission
Cast and Creative
Spencer Plachy- Scar
Gerald Ramsey - Mufasa
Mukelisiwe Goba - Rafiki
Nick Cordileone - Timon
Greg Jackson - Zazu
Tony Freeman - Pumbaa
Jared Dixon - Simba
Nia Holloway - Nala
Keith Bennett - Banzai
Martina Sykes - Shenzi
Robbie Swift - Ed/Standby Timon, Pumbaa & Zazu
Brilyn Johnston - Young Nala at certain performances
Brilyn Johnston - Young Nala at certain performances
Richard A Phillips Jr - Young Simba at certain performances
Walter Russell III - Young Simba at certain performances
Celina Smith - Young Nala at certain performances
Elton John - Music
Tim Rice - Lyrics
Roger Allers - Book
Irene Mecchi - Book
Julie Taymor - Director, Costume Design, Mask/Puppet Co-Design, Additional Lyrics
Garth Fagan - Choreographer
Lebo M. - Additional Music & Lyrics, Vocal Score, Choral Director
1998 TONY AWARDS
Best Choreography (Garth Fagan)
Best Direction of a Musical (Julie Taymor)
Best Costume Design for a Musical (Julie Taymor)
Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Donald Holder)
Best Scenic Design for a Musical (Richard Hudson)
Best Book of a Musical (Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi)
Best Orchestrations (Robert Elhai, David Metzger and Bruce Fowler)
Best Original Score (Elton John, Tim Rice, Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor, Hans Zimmer)
1998 DRAMA DESK AWARDS
Outstanding Choreography (Garth Fagan)
Outstanding Direction of a Musical (Julie Taymor)
Outstanding Set Design of a Musical (Richard Hudson)
Outstanding Costume Design (Julie Taymor)
Outstanding Lighting Design (Donald Holder)
Outstanding Sound Design (Tony Meola)
Outstanding Puppet Design (Julie Taymor, Michael Curry)
Outstanding New Musical
Outstanding Orchestrations (Robert Elhai, David Metzger, and Bruce Fowle)
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Next available performances
Wed, Nov 20
Fri, Nov 22
Mon, Nov 25
Tue, Nov 26
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