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The Lion King

The Lion King

by Elton John, Tim Rice, Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi

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The Lion King

The Lion King




The 1998 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical features music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice and is known for its spectacular, oversized animal puppets.


Story:

Mufasa is the king at Pride Rock and his son, Simba, is destined to take over the throne after him, but when Mufasa’s brother Scar hatches a plan to kill them both, the kingdom is thrown into turmoil. Though Scar’s plan succeeds in deposing Mufasa, young Simba lives and grows up with his friends Timon and Pumbaa, a meerkat and a warthog, in the jungle. One day, Simba encounters an old friend, Nala, and she convinces him to return to Pride Rock to claim the throne that is rightfully his and lead the kingdom back to order and prosperity.


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THEATRE

Minskoff Theatre
200 W. 45th St.
New York, NY

Info and Directions

Schedule
MONDAY
Dark
TUESDAY
7 PM
WEDNESDAY
2 and 8 PM
THURSDAY
8 PM
FRIDAY
2 and 8 PM
SATURDAY
2 and 8 PM
SUNDAY
3 PM

Important Dates
PREVIEWS: Oct 15, 1997
OPENING: Nov 13, 1997


Run Time
2 hours and 30 minutes (1 Intermission)


NOTE: Most shows have special holiday dates and times. Check the official website for more information.

Composer

Composer
Elton John

Lyricist

Lyricist
Tim Rice

Librettist

Librettist
Roger Allers

Librettist

Librettist
Irene Mecchi



  • Premiere
  • 1994 Film

Broadway Premiere

Theatre
New Amsterdam Theatre, Minskoff Theatre
Opening Night
Nov 13, 1997
Original Cast
Gina Breedlove, Kevin Cahoon, Max Casella, Tracy Nicole Chapman, Heather Headley, Geoff Hoyle, Scott Irby-Ranniar, Tsidii Le Loka, Stanley Wayne Mathis, Jason Raize, Tom Alan Robbins, Kajuana Shuford, John Vickery, Samuel E. Wright
Director
Julie Taymor
Choreographer
Garth Fagan
Producer
Disney Theatrical Productions
Musical Director
Joseph Church
Orchestrations
Robert Elhai, David Metzger, Bruce Fowler
Scenic Design
Richard Hudson
Costume Design
Julie Taymor
Lighting Design
Donald Holder

1994 Film Version

Movie Name
The Lion King
Type
Hollywood Musical, Animated
Director
Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
Screenplay
Irene Mecchi , Jonathan Roberts, Linda Woolverton
Starring
Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones





CDs

CD
Original Broadway Cast Album


Sheetmusic

Sheetmusic
Vocal Selections


Videos

DVD
Original Hollywood Version DVD

Blu-Ray
Original Hollywood Version Blu-Ray


Other

Merchandise




1998 Tony Award Nominations

Best Musical
Best Scenic Design
Best Costume Design
Best Lighting Design
Best Choreography
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Book of a Musical
Best Original Musical Score
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Samuel E. Wright
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Tsidii Le Loka
Best Orchestrations

1998 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Tsidii Le Loka
Outstanding Choreography
Outstanding Direction of a Musical
Outstanding Set Design of a Musical
Outstanding Costume Design
Outstanding Lighting Design
Outstanding Sound Design
Outstanding Puppet Design
Outstanding New Musical
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Max Casella
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Geoff Hoyle
Outstanding Orchestrations

1998 Theatre World Award Nominations

Max Casella

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