Tony-winning The Lion King celebrates its 25th anniversary on Broadway on November 13th

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Tony-Winning The Lion King Celebrates 25th Anniversary on Broadway on November 13th

Proceeds from select tickets to the hit Broadway musical benefit the Entertainment Community Fund.

Brandon A. McCall as Simba and company from The Lion King

Brandon A. McCall as Simba and company of The Lion King
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A select number of tickets to the Broadway 25th Anniversary performance The Lion King-November 13 at the Minskoff Theater – benefiting the Entertainment Community Fund (formerly the Actors Fund). The organization supports the needs of those working in the entertainment and performing arts industries.

“We are honored to celebrate 25 years The Lion King on Broadway with everyone at the Minskoff Theater and Disney Theatrical,” said Joe Benincasa, President and CEO of the Entertainment Community Fund, in a previous statement. “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 get excited about November 13th!”

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The Tony Award-winning musical officially opened at the New Amsterdam Theater on November 13, 1997 and subsequently moved to the Minskoff Theater in June 2006. It’s still going there today. Throughout the show’s runtime, there have been 28 tours and international productions seen by 110 million people. Currently, 115,000 people a week enjoy the show in nine productions on three continents.

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Check out new production photos of The Lion King ahead of its 25th anniversary on Broadway

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Director, costume designer and makeup co-designer Julie Taymor, the first woman to win a Tony for Best Director in a Musical, remains actively involved with the show, bringing new productions to market and maintaining the flagship Broadway production. Composer Lebo M and Tony-winning choreographer Garth Fagan hold their own records: With The Lion King With over 9,700 Main Stem performances, they are the longest-running black composers and choreographers in Broadway history.

Many of the artists and craftspeople who created the show remain an integral part of it. Lindiwe Dlamini has appeared in the musical since its first pre-Broadway preview in Minneapolis in the summer of 1997. Seven musicians have been in the orchestra pit since Broadway opened, including Karl Jurman, who has been musical director since 2005. A total of 16 original staff members continue their work on and off the stage.

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Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (directed by Thomas Schumacher), the worldwide Gross of The Lion King Musical outperforms every film, Broadway show, or other entertainment title in the history of the box office.

The Lion King won six Tony Awards in 1998: Best Musical, Best Set Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical. The international hit musical has also received 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 Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design.

The Broadway score includes songs by Elton John and Tim Rice The Lion King Animated film, along with three new songs by the couple. There is also additional music by Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer. It also inspired an album: rhythm of Pride Lands, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer.

The book was adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed the animation The Lion King Feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay.

The Broadway cast currently includes Stephen Carlile as Scar, L. Steven Taylor as Mufasa, Tshidi Manye as Rafiki, Cameron Pow as Zazu, Ben Jeffrey as Pumbaa, Fred Berman as Timon, Brandon A. McCall as Simba and Pearl Khwezi as Nala led, and James Brown-Orleans, Bonita J. Hamilton, and Robb Sapp as the hyenas Bonzai, Shenzi, and Ed. Mariama Diop and Evie Winter Lee alternate as Young Nala, and Donovan Louis Bazemore and Jayden Theophile alternate as Young Simba.

Other members of the creative team include Michael Curry (who designed the masks and puppets with Taymor), sound designer Steve Canyon Kennedy, hair and makeup designer Michael Ward, assistant director John Stefaniuk, assistant choreographer Marey Griffith and musical supervisor Clement Ishmael, and production manager Doc Zorthian. Co-producer is Anne Quart.

More information on tickets for The Lion King‘s 25th Anniversary performance, click here.


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