Disney’s The Lion King Roars Into Broadway History Again
Just can’t wait to be king? I’m not sure Disney’s The Lion King needs to wait anymore! While the mega-musical may not currently be the longest running production in Broadway history, the musical is set to roar into the history books once again tonight with nothing short of an incredible accomplishment. Despite being a well-known name for the animated feature so many children grow up on, the stage musical has made a huge name for itself breaking records, launching productions worldwide and truly bringing to life the magic of theatre in this outstanding Disney production. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that tonight, Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway will play it’s 7,000th performance!
When the curtain rises for the 7:00 PM performance of Disney’s The Lion King tonight on Broadway, not only will the show be beginning but history will be made. Tonight’s performance will be the 7,000th for the Disney mega-hit at The Minskoff Theatre in New York City. This incredible milestone has only been reached before by three other Broadway shows; The Phantom Of the Opera, Cats and Chicago. Both The Phantom of the Opera and Chicago are both still running and continue to climb the ladder in performances and longest running Broadway productions. Currently, The Lion King ranks as the fourth longest running show.
The Lion King has been making history with several major accomplishments over the past several years. The Broadway production, was the very first, to exceed $1 billion dollars in cumulative gross. This accomplishment for the production was first accomplished by the North American Tour, followed by the Broadway production and just recently by the Hamburg production. Currently, there are 10 productions of Disney’s The Lion King running worldwide and 5 of those have been running for 10 years or more. The company just recently announced plans for two new productions with one at Mexico City’s Telcel Theatre and another at the Walt Disney Grand Theatre at Shanghai Disney Resort
During its Broadway premiere in 1998, The Lion King won six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Choreography and Best Direction. When Taymor won for direction, she was the first women ever in history to win the Tony for Best Direction of a Musical. Since then, the show has been seen by 64 million people in seven different languages. The production has won over 70 major artist awards around the globe and is one of just six productions to play over 10 years on Broadway and the West End.
The Lion King, based off the Disney animated film of the same title, features a score by Elton John and Tim Rice including all the songs from the original movie including three new ones. There is also a series of songs by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer. Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi helped adapt the book for the stage production. The production is directed by Julie Taymor and features choreography by Garth Fagan. The rest of the creative includes a scenic design by Richard Hudson, a costume design by Julie Taymor, a lighting design by Donald Holder, hair and make up design by Michael Ward, a sound design by Steven Canyon Kennedy and a puppet/mask design by Julie Taymor and Michael Curry.
Congratulations to Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway for such an incredible accomplishment! 7,000 performances is only the beginning of what this groundbreaking production has accomplished not only for Disney but Broadway and theatre as a whole. The Lion King is one of those shows currently running on Broadway that stands from years ago showing that if done right, productions can last. The incredible work of this creative team lives on night after night as thousands experience the magic of Disney and Broadway for the first time. For more information, visit The Lion King’s Official Broadway Website, Facebook Page or Twitter Account. And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!