The lion king
The musical debuted July 8, 1997, in The Minneapolis Minnesota at the Orpheum Theatre, and was an instant success before premiering on Broadway on October 15, 1997 in previews with the official opening on November 13, 1997. On June 13, 2006, the Broadway production moved to the Minskoff Theatre to make way for the musical version of Mary Poppins , where it is still running after more than 5,350 performances. It is now Broadway's 4th longest running show in history. As of December 2013, it is the highest grossing Broadway show of all time, having grossed $853.8 million.
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Circle of life
Best Musical. Disney Theatrical Productions
Best Scenic Design of a Musical. Richard Hudson
Best Costume Design of a Musical. Julie Taymor
Best Lighting Design of a Musical. Donald Holder
Best Choreography. Garth Fagan
Best Direction of a Musical. Julie Taymor
1. The costume design for the show has been widely praised for its creativity. The show won an award for Best Costume Design at the 1998 Tony Awards
2. The Lion King has been produced in various other countries, including England, Japan, Canada, Australia, and South Africa
The movie was originally titled King of the Jungle. Disney changed the name when they realized that lions don’t live in the jungle.
1. Julie Taymor, who directed The Lion King, became the first woman in Broadway history to win the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical
2. Disney originally wanted Sean Connery to voice Mufasa.
3. Disney originally wanted the hyenas, Banzai and Shenzi, to be voiced by Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong. Unable to get a hold of Tommy, they instead casted Whoopi Goldberg in the role of Shenzi.
4. Reportedly, the “Be Prepared” scene was inspired by footage of Nazis marching by Adolf Hitler on a podium.
5. Pumbaa is the first Disney character to ever fart.