The Lion King is 11 years old


Walt Disney's Broadway production of The Lion King is now 11 years old. The musical opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre on 13 Nov 1997, following previews from 15 Oct. On the 13 Jun 2006 the musical moved to the Minskoff Theatre, where the musical is currently selling tickets through to 11 May 2008.

The Lion King won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and is the 9th longest-running musical on Broadway, surpassing the record previously held by 'Miss Saigon.'

The musical tells the story of the epic adventures of a young lion cub named Simba as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destined role as king.

The Lion King has book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi, music by Elton John, with additional music by Hans Zimmer, Lebo M, Mark Mancina, and Jay Rifkin, and lyrics by Tim Rice.

Directed by Julie Taymor and choreographed by Garth Fagan, The Lion King features Derek Smith (Scar), Nathaniel Stampley (Mufasa), Tshidi Manye (Rafiki), Jeff Binder (Zazu), Tom Alan Robbins (Pumbaa), Danny Rutigliano (Timon), Dashaun Young (Simba), Kissy Simmons (Nala), James Brown-Orleans (Benzai), Jacquelyn Renae Hodges (Shenzi), Guy V. Barfield II & Shavar McIntosh (Young Simba), Enrique Segura (Ed) and, Halle Vargas Sullivan and Nickayla Tucker (Young Nala).

Director Julie Taymor became the first woman in Broadway history to win the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical.

The creative team for The Lion King features Richard Hudson (sets), Michael Curry (costumes), Donald Holder (lighting) and Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound).

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