The Lion King

Opened: November 13, 1997
Location: Minskoff Theater, Broadway & 45th Street

Synopsis

When the lion cub Simba is born on the African savanna, he becomes heir to his father Mufasa’s throne. Uncle Scar has other plans, however, and uses three hyenas to create a wildebeest stampede that threatens Simba and kills Mufasa, trying to protect his son. Shaming Simba into believing he was at fault, Scar causes Simba to flee and assumes kingship.

After years in exile, Simba grows up and now with the encouragement of Nala and the support of the merkat Timon and the warthog Pumbaa, he returns to claim his kingdom and restore the “Circle of Life.”

Theatergoers' Review

A “wonderful” and “magnificent” show, whose “imaginative costumes, masks and puppetry” and “creative staging” give a splendid “sense of Africa.”

4.5 Score
Play: 4.6
Acting: 4.4
Production: 4.6
Overall: 4.4

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Major Cast & Creative

Simba (adult)
Aaron Nelson
Mufasa
Alton Fitzgerald White
Scar
Gareth Saxe
Zazu
JJeffrey Kuhn
Rafiki
Tshidi Manye
Pumbaa
Ben Jeffrey
Timon
Fred Berman
Music
Elton John
Lyrics
Tim Rice
Book
Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi
Direction
Julie Taymor
Choreography
Garth Fagan

Awards

Nominated for 11 1998 Tony Awards and won six: Musical, Direction (Taymor), Choreography (Fagan), Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Costume Design (Taymor) and Lighting Design (Donald Holder).


Stage Notes


Based on the 1994 animated musical film, which grossed $783 million in worldwide box-office revenues. It starred the voices of Matthew Broderick (adult Simba), James Earl Jones (Mufasa) and Jeremy Irons (Scar) and had five songs from Elton John and Tim Rice: “Circle of Life,” “I Just Can’t Wait to be King,” “Be Prepared,” “Hakuna Matata” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (which won the Oscar as Best Song).

The 17 global productions in 13 countries on five continents have been seen by 54 million people.

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