NOTE: This review was written by The Lion King alum Kyle Wrentz in celebration of the show's 20th Anniversary on Broadway...A sunrise on a day. It could be a Saturday or a Wednesday, but regardless, 20 years later, The Lion King is still a timeless piece of artistry and magical allure. The moment you hear Rafiki's clarion call across the pridelands welcoming the new prince to the kingdom, you are lost in the story, as the iconic procession of animals begins. It is no wonder that sold out...
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Tickets are available now to experience the majesty of The Lion King on Broadway at the Minskoff Theatre. Get a ticket to The Lion King today!
Broadway's The Lion King roared onto the scene in 1997, just three years after the release of the animated classic. The Lion King officially opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre on November 13, 1997, transferring to the Minskoff in 2006.
The successful re-imagining of The Lion King on stage is largely thanks to the creative genius of director and costume designer Julie Taymor. In 1998, she was awarded two Tony Awards in those respective categories, as the production itself picked up a total of six Tonys, including best musical. Her costumes brilliantly incorporate various theatrical traditions of puppetry and head-dresses to portray the animal character each actor represents, whilst never hiding the actor's actual face. They are highly detailed, merging textiles and fabrics with elements of African traditions and customs and could be considered as one of the main contributing factors to the stage adaptation of The Lion King becoming its own prized entity.
All the beloved songs from the animated classic are in fine form in the musical. Those Elton John and Tim Rice numbers include "Circle of Life", "I Just Can't Wait to Be King," "Be Prepared," "Hakuna Matata," and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" They are joined by a host of additional songs from the likes of Lebo M, Hans Zimmer, Mark Mancina and Jay Rifkin, such as "They Live in You," "Shadowland," and "Endless Night."
The Lion King is the perfect introduction for younger family members to the wonders of live theatre, whilst its themes and stylistic maturity are timelessly appropriate for theatregoers of all ages. So why not join the circle of life and find out for yourselves why The Lion King remains the pride of Broadway?
(Photos by Joan Marcus)
The Lion King follows 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 of the Pridelands.
2hr 30min (incl. intermission)
October 15th, 1997
October 1st, 2021
August 7th, 2022
October 15th, 1997
Guests under the age of 2 are not permitted in the theatre.
Cast and creative
By: Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Tim Rice, and a Book by Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi, with Additional Music by Hans Zimmer, Lebo M, Mark Mancina, & Jay Rifkin
Director: Julie Taymor
Producer: Disney Theatrical Productions
Cast list: Brandon A. McCall, L. Steven Taylor, Adrienne Walker, Tshidi Manye, Stephen Carlile, Ben Jeffrey, Fred Berman, Cameron Pow, James Brown-Orleans, Bonita J. Hamilton, Robb Sapp, Lawrence Keith Alexander, Cameron Amandus, Leanne Antonio, Andrew Arrington, India Bolds Browne, Lindiwe Dlamini, Zinhle Dube, Bongi Duma, Angelica Edwards, Jim Ferris, Rosie Lani Feldman, Daniel Gaymon, Pia Hamilton, Daniel Harder, Michael Alexander Henry, Michael Hollick, Pearl Khwezi, Lindsey Jackson, Lisa Lewis, Mduduzi Madela, Jaysin McCollum, Ray Mercer, S'bu Ngema, Nhlanhla Ngobeni, Nteliseng Nkhela, Jacqueline René, Kaylin Seckel, Kellen Stencil, Housso Semon, Derrick Spear, Michael Stiggers Jr., Jamie J. Thompson, Bravita Threatt, Natalie Turner, Donna Michelle Vaughan, Nicholas Ward, Stephen Scott Wormley, Vince Ermita, Corey J., Alayna Martus and Sydney Elise Russell.
Design: Richard Hudson
Lighting: Donald Holder
Costume: Julie Taymor
Choreography: Garth Fagan
Sound: Steve Canyon Kennedy
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