This captivating production debuted in October of 1997 and it is still mesmerizing audiences at the Minskoff Theater. It is based on the 1994 Walt Disney animated film, The Lion King, and features actors performing in life-like animal costumes as well as the use of puppets. A strong African presence can be felt throughout the performance which adds to the theme of the production. The characters, the costumes, the set design, and the score all help drive the storyline and create a realistic atmosphere.
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The musical tells the story of a young lion named Simba who must learn to accept his place in the “circle of life” and eventually become king. The story is set in the Pride lands of Africa. The young cub struggles to come to terms with his impending responsibilities of adulthood, and when his father, Mufasa, is killed he flees his home. He cannot, however, escape his destiny to become king and returns to take his rightful place. Throughout the course of the story, Simba realizes that there are certain things in life that he must do; and the decisions he makes will not only affect him but those who depend on him as well.
While watching the production the audience feels like they are in Africa. The musical score is supplemented with traditional African music, and the set design includes colorful backdrops with images of flying birds and giraffes, actors on stilts, walking across the stage. Some of the costumes are unique to Broadway. Two of the principal character costumes, Mufasa and Scar, have mechanical headpieces that can be raised or lowered to create the movements of a cat. The actors who portray the Hyenas, Timon, and Pumbaa are life-sized puppets. Many of the other characters, including the dancers, wear elaborate headpieces.
The Broadway production was nominated for eleven Tony Awards and took home six including the 1998 Best Musical Award and Best Costume Design. Most of the music was written by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice. Well-known songs from the hit movie were also featured in the musical including “Circle of Life” and the Academy Award-winning “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” Several new scenes were incorporated into the show and a few new songs such as Zazu’s informative “Morning Report” and the powerful “Shadowland.” The music sets the tone for the production from the very beginning and keeps the audience intrigued until the final note is played.
Best Seats for The Lion King
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The Lion King is a successful attempt at taking a children’s movie and turning it into an uplifting, spiritual, and entertaining production. It is funny and dramatic and at times can be very realistic, especially when Simba is faced with his duties and obligations. From the moment the show begins the audience is taken to Pride lands and they don’t return until the curtain call.
Before you happily wave off your tickets for this musical, let’s know some interesting facts about this Broadway and West End stage musical. The show is based on the Disney movie released in 1994, under the same title. The show is directed by Julie Taymor. The actors in the show wore animal costumes. The team has also made use of big, hollow African puppets and masks, to create an entirely different effect on stage.
“Lion King” opened in Minneapolis on July 31, 1997, at the Orpheum Theater. It was an instant success! After that, the show was shifted permanently to the New Amsterdam Theater of Broadway, NY. In London, “Lion King” opened at Lyceum Theater in the year 1999. It was produced by Harrison Lichtenberg and is still running there. The second production of this show opened in Toronto, at the Princess of Wales Theater. It was there till January 2004.
In addition to this, “Lion King” was shown in Sydney, Australia at the Capitol Theater. It opened in October 2003 and ran till the mid of 2005. Later, the show was shifted to Regent Theater located in Melbourne for a year.
And this was not all. “Lion King” has also entertained audiences in Africa. In June 2007, musical Lion King Theater tickets were sold like crazy in Johannesburg, located on the African continent. The show’s tenth anniversary was a gala event at the newly built Teatro Theater, located at Monte Casino in Fourways. This was the first show that opened in the new theater. The opening night of the show was star-struck with prominent theater personalities and the creative team of “Lion King”. The event turned more glamorous with the presence of Oprah Winfrey, the famous talk show host of America. She had recently set up a girls’ educational academy in Johannesburg.
Paris, too, was cast by the magic spell of the “Lion King” in September 2007. The show opened at the Theater Mogador. It seems as if our mischievous lion cub and his friends have traveled across the world and stolen everyone’s hearts with their innocence and strong values!
At present, the show is undergoing a couple of US touring productions. The tour version of this show is quite like the original production of Broadway. However, there are certain changes here and there. For example, Pride Rock, the grasslands, the stampede, and other such scenes that come out of the stage floor have been changed to slightly inexpensive arrangements. The sun that rises in the opening of the show has been cut in size for short-duration tours. Stages have also been made smaller. Besides this, tour productions will have low volumes of music.
Broadway has sold out every single performance right from the time it opened, and is so popular that every weekend until the middle of 2007, is fully booked. This Broadway production of Disney’s The Lion King, despite showing not a single human on stage, had been nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 1997, of which it won 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, and Best Choreography. In addition, it won more than 25 awards in 1998 – the year after it opened. This musical feature five songs composed by Elton John and Tim Rice for the original Disney film. In addition, it has additional African and South African music.
Getting Seats and The Theater
Before moving the production to the Minskoff Theater, which is on the third floor of the Viacom office building, it was fully refurbished. It took 200 craftsmen and artisans six months to complete the job. The Minskoff Theater with its Proscenium stage has a capacity of 1597.
The Theater, run by the Nederlander Organization, has a box office through which The Lion King tickets can be obtained, in cash, or with a Visa card, American Express card, or Mastercard. The Lion King tickets for such a popular show are very difficult to obtain from the box office. After standing for hours in line, you are still not sure of laying your hands on the tickets of your choice.
You now have a good idea about The Lion King and how to get tickets. It will be up to you when it comes to paying the money for the best seats. Don’t miss your chance to see The Lion King this year.