The Entertainment Community Fund will be the primary seller of a number of tickets to The Lion King’s upcoming 25th anniversary celebration on Broadway. The Lion King has amazed audiences around the world; now, audiences will have the opportunity to be part of the celebration as this musical theater phenomenon celebrates 25 years on Broadway during this special anniversary performance. Expect many surprises and special moments at this milestone event (which will benefit their programs and services supporting all players in the performing arts and entertainment industry) – Sunday November 13th.
Tickets are available at entertainmentcommunity.org/LionKing2022.
“We are honored to celebrate 25 years of The Lion King on Broadway with everyone at the Minskoff Theater and Disney Theatrical,” said President and CEO of the Community Entertainment Fund Joe Benincasa. “Since opening in 1997, they have always been incredible supporters of the Fund and the work we do to care for our community. We can’t wait to share the excitement of November 13!”
While two Broadway behemoths have already reached this milestone, The Lion King marks several historic firsts. Never before has a show in its 25th year played simultaneously in so many productions around the world and placed in the Top 5 highest-grossing Broadway shows: nearly 1,300 consecutive weeks and counting. Currently, 115,000 people enjoy the show in nine productions on three continents each week. There have been 28 productions over the series’ run, viewed by 110 million people. This is more than the combined populations of Canada, Greece, Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark and Australia.
The Broadway production opened on November 13, 1997, and spanned four New York city governments, five presidential governments, and 11 Olympics.
Director, costume designer and co-creator of masks Julie Taylorthe first woman to win a Tony Award® for Best Musical Director, remains actively involved with the show, launching new productions and maintaining Broadway’s flagship production.
Composer Lebo M and Tony-winning choreographer Garth Fagan hold their own Broadway records: with The Lion King running over 9,700 principal performances, they are the longest-serving black composer and choreographer in Broadway history.
Extraordinarily, many of the artists and artisans who started the show are still an integral part of it. Lindiwe Dlamini has performed in the show since its first pre-Broadway preview in Minneapolis in the summer of 1997. Seven musicians have been in the orchestra pit since it opened on Broadway, including Karl Jurmanwho has served as Music Director since 2005. A total of 16 original staff continue their vital work on and off stage.
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ABOUT THE LION KING
Approaching 25 landmark years on Broadway, The Lion King continues to establish itself as one of the most popular musicals in the world. Produced by Disney theatrical productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), The Lion King made theater history with two worldwide productions lasting 15 years or more and two more lasting 20 years or more.
Performed over its lifetime in nine different languages (English, Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese), there are currently nine productions of The Lion King around the world: Broadway, London, Paris, Hamburg , Madrid, Tokyo, touring across North America, the UK and Ireland, with a separate production touring internationally. The Lion King has played in over 100 cities in 21 countries on every continent except Antarctica; its worldwide grossing exceeds that of any movie, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.
The Lion King won six Tony Awards in 1998: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taylor), Better lighting design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical. The Lion King has also won more than 70 major arts awards, including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the year and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design.
The Broadway Score Presents Elton John and Tim Ricesongs from the animated movie The Lion King plus three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Marc Mancina, Jay Rifkins, Julie Taylor and Hans Zimmer; and music from “Rhythm of the Pride Lands”, an album based on the original film score, written by Lebo M, Marc Mancina and Hans Zimmer. The resulting sound of The Lion King is an amalgamation of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Oscar®-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” to rich choral numbers by Lebo M.
The book was adapted by Roger Gowho co-directed the animated feature film The Lion King, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the screenplay for the film. Other members of the creative team include: Michael Currywho designed the masks and puppets with Taymor, Steve CanyonKennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup), Anthony Lyn (Associate Director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor) and Lisa Dawn’s Cave (Production supervisor). Anne Quart serves as co-producer.