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PostHeaderIcon The Lion King Celebrates 10 Years on Tour On Friday April 27, 2012

The Lion King musical will celebrate 10 triumphant years on tour on Friday, April 27 in Orlando. Since launching in April 2002 in Denver, CO, The Lion King North American tour has played nearly 6,000 performances during 112 engagements in 74 cities. The record-breaking tour has been seen by more than 14 million theatergoers and grossed over $928 million to date.

With this milestone, The Lion King becomes only the second show in theatrical history to produce five productions running 10 or more years. Already in 2012, The Lion King North American tour has shattered box office records in Baltimore MD, Richmond VA and just recently in New Orleans, LA where it became the highest-grossing theatrical production in the city’s history. The award-winning musical is currently playing a return engagement in Orlando at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center through May 13, 2012.

“It is profoundly gratifying to know that since launching in Denver at the Buell Theatre in April 2002, The Lion King tour has been instrumental in bringing new audiences to the theatre across North America for the past 10 years,” said Jack Eldon, Vice President, Domestic, Disney Theatrical Productions. “We are overwhelmed by the enduring response to the show and are enormously thankful to our audiences for their continued enthusiasm and support. We look forward to sharing this theatrical phenomenon with more cities in the coming years.” Even after 10 years The Lion King continues to visit new North American cities, premiering in 2012 in Miami FL, Greenville SC, Wichita KS and Albuquerque, NM.

In its 15th year, The Lion King remains ascendant, recently becoming the highest-grossing Broadway show in history. Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 19 productions around the globe have been seen by more than 64 million people, grossed over $4.8 billion and, cumulatively, run a staggering 91 years. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), The Lion King is the sixth longest-running musical in Broadway history and only the second show to produce five productions running 10 or more years. Translated into seven different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Mandarin, Spanish), the show has been performed in 15 different countries on five continents. Continuing to reign as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world, The Lion King can currently be seen on Broadway, on stages across North America, on tour in Japan, and in Tokyo, London’s West End, Hamburg and Madrid. A UK tour launches in August of this year.

On stage, Taymor’s creative vision blends elements of African art and Broadway artisanship to depict anthropomorphic animal characters. Taymor, along with designer Michael Curry, has created hundreds of masks and puppets for The Lion King. The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed The Lion King animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay.

The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from “Rhythm of the Pride Lands,” an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer. The resulting sound of The Lion King is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award®-winning song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” to the haunting ballad “Shadowland.”

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PostHeaderIcon Disney’s “The Lion King” Will Return to the Orpheum Theater March 12, 2013

Omaha Performing Arts has announces the season for 2012-13 – Includes Disney’s “The Lion King”. The popular family musical, which had a record run here in 2007, headlines OPA’s Broadway season for 2012-13. Lion King musical will return to the Orpheum Theater for a four-week run from March 12, 2013 to Sunday, April 7, 2013.

The Lion King broke box office records when it first came to Omaha in 2007. “The Lion King” is a universal tale with a Disney treatment. A jealous uncle tricks a young cub into believing he’s killed his father. The cub flees into exile, abandoning his identity as the future king. Meanwhile, the uncle temporarily conquers the Pride Lands, ravaging the land in the process. Ultimately, the cub finds his rightful place.

Based on the 1994 Disney animated film, this blockbuster opened on Broadway in October 1997 and is still playing. It set records in Omaha in early 2007 during a four-week run. Music is by Elton John, with lyrics by Tim Rice. The show won six Tonys, including best musical.

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PostHeaderIcon The Lion King Coming to Wichita in September 2012, Tickets On Sale

The Lion King Musical coming to Wichita for a four week limited engagement, The performances at Century II Convention Center start with the 7:30 PM show on September 4, 2012 and continue through Sunday September 30, 201.

Officials announced in February 2011 that Theater League — the organization that brought 2009’s run of “Wicked” to Wichita for a three-week run — would be bringing “Lion King” to town for a similar extended run. “Wicked” offered Wichita audiences 24 performances. “Lion King” has 32 scheduled, said Bethany Nesbitt, Theater League’s marketing/communications account manager.

On May 5, individual tickets will go on sale at 8 a.m. in what will be a party atmosphere of radio-station DJs, giveaways and breakfast at Century II. Creating a buzz around the sale of individual tickets on May 5 at Century II will be radio remotes by DJs from Clear Channel radio stations B-98 FM, Kissin’ 102.1-FM and Channel 963 from 7 to 11 a.m. The first person in line will receive an autographed copy of “How Does the Show Go On?” by “Lion King” producer Thomas Schumacher. The first 100 ticket-buyers will receive a “Lion King” CD. While supplies last, other ticket-buyers on the scene will receive a “Lion King” T-shirt (one per order).

The Disney production of “The Lion King” — known for its elaborate costuming and lively music — has played in more than 70 cities in North America and been seen by more than 13.9 million people. The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from the 1994 animated film — including the beloved songs “The Circle of Life” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” — along with three new songs by them and other music that fuses Western popular music with the sounds and rhythms of Africa.

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PostHeaderIcon The Lion King Plays 6,000 Performances at The Minskoff Theatre

The Lion King’s April 18 matinee at The Minskoff Theatre marks the musical’s 6,000th performance. Disney’s blockbuster musical The Lion King, which recently became the highest grossing Broadway show of all time, is now celebrating 6,000 Performances on Broadway. The musical currently ranks as Broadway’s sixth longest-running show. Coinciding with this achievement, The Lion King became the first Broadway show in history to reach one million Facebook fans with 1,001,758 “likes” as of April 16.

The Lion King currently stars Adam Jacobs as Simba, Alton Fitzgerald White as Mufasa, Patrick R. Brown as Scar, Tshidi Manye as Rafiki, Jeff Binder as Zazu, Ben Jeffrey as Pumbaa, Fred Berman as Timon and Chauntee Schuler as Nala.

The Lion King first opened on Broadway on November 13, 1997 at the New Amsterdam Theater, before transferring to the Minskoff in 2006. Now in its 15th year, the show has spawned 19 productions around the world and has been translated into seven different languages. The Lion King won six Tony Awards in 1998 including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical. Director Julie Taymor became the first woman in history to win the award for Best Direction of a Musical. Directed by Julie Taymor — who became the first woman to ever receive a Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical.

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PostHeaderIcon Lion King Musical at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre – Review

Lion King is currently performing on tour in Orlando FL at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. The show opens April 19 at 8 p.m. and will run for four weeks through May 13.

Lion King musical plays at The Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m.; Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m.; Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 1 p.m. There will be a 2:00pm matinee performance on Thursday, May 10 and there will not be a 6:30pm performance on Sunday, May 13.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to bring The Lion King back to Orlando,” said Ron Legler, President and CEO of Florida Theatrical Association. “Thus far sales have exceeded our expectations, but there are still great seats available.”

Here is the review by Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel Theater Critic:

The touring version, at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre for nearly a month, certainly delivers all the goods that have made the story of Simba the lion a raging success.

The animated Disney film, on which the musical is based, handled the mix of grownup themes and kiddie fare with aplomb; the stage version isn’t always as successful. It can’t help but be jarring when against a backdrop of exquisitely designed costumes, flowing dance moves and that hypnotic African chanting to suddenly have a squawking bird crack a one-liner. (Though it must be pointed out that Mark David Kaplan, as the bird Zazu, expertly squawks and sputters like a classic Vaudevillian ham.)

The other principal comic players — Nick Cordileone and Adam Kozlowski as Timon and Pumbaa, the trio portraying hyenas — embody the personas of their animated predecessors.

It’s up to the dramatic actors to add some flesh and blood to the cartoon characters, and they succeed admirably.

J. Anthony Crane’s Scar is appropriately melodramatic and imposing, though his growly shouting buries some of Scar’s jokier lines and he talk-sings too much of his signature “Be Prepared,” giving the unsettling melody short shrift.

Dionne Randolph is a less grave, more energetic Mufasa than some — which makes his worries over parenting Simba and untimely death more poignant. Jelani Remi and Syndee Winters as adult Simba and his gal Nala also have youthful singing voices, which enhance their characterizations.

Perhaps the younger sounds help bring a freshness to the show, which avoids feeling mechanical even after all these years. Certainly adding to the exuberance factor: Adante Power, whose Young Simba is a whirlwind of personality with a dynamite grin.

And irrepressible Buyi Zama manages the tricky feat of being both grave and hysterical simultaneously as wise old Rafiki.

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PostHeaderIcon The Lion King Touring Company’s Mufasa is Dionne Randolph through 2013

Dionne Randolph is Mufasa in the Broadway touring company of The Lion King Musical. Randolph recently signed a new contract that will keep him in the lion mask through 2013. Dionne Randolph, 39, a nine-year company veteran plays Mufasa in the Lion King Touring team.

Dionne Randolph in the Lion Mask as Mufasa - Lion King Musical

Dionne Randolph in the Lion Mask as Mufasa - Lion King Musical

Randolph, in fact, was just about to sign a new contract for the theme-park show when he got the call from The Lion King tour; he originally understudied Mufasa before taking on the role full time six years ago.

He got into performing accidentally. He was studying aeronautical engineering at Morehouse College in Atlanta when he participated in Disney’s college-worker program. A show producer heard him talking in the “tunnels” under the Magic Kingdom and asked him to record some voice-overs. That led to a job as the voice of Disney’s Star Wars Weekends and a gig on the resort’s radio station. A Busch Gardens casting director heard him singing on the radio, which led to a job in that theme park, as well as cruise-ship and regional-theater work before returning to Disney.

“Every six months for me, it’s a new show,” he says. That’s because the bulk of Mufasa’s stage time is spent with children portraying young Simba, and the child actors frequently switch as they outgrow the part. “Those boys are hilarious,” says Randolph, “They bring a new energy for me.” “It shows the power of imagination. That’s the key to ‘The Lion King.’ That’s why people love ‘The Lion King,'” he says.”It’s the circle of life … that’s what we do.”

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PostHeaderIcon Lion King Enters Broadway Record – Highest Grossing Show of All Time

Box office revenues show that “The Lion King” has recently swiped the title of Broadway’s all-time highest grossing show from “The Phantom of the Opera.” Box office figures released Monday show that “The Lion King” last week enters Broadway’s record of all-time highest grossing show despite having run for a decade less.

The Disney show opened in November 1997, and after taking more than $2m at the box office during Easter week, Lion King’s cumulative gross earnings hit $853.8m. By comparison, The Phantom of the Opera, which opened in January 1988, added $1.2m to its cumulative gross, which now stands at $853.1m.

The upstart’s victory is due in large part to its higher average ticket prices and a slightly larger theater. Monday’s data shows “Phantom” had an average paid admission of $98.97, while “The Lion King” fetched $155.09.

Thomas Schumacher, producer and president of Disney Theatrical Productions, also gave credit to Julie Taymor, the director, costume and mask maker of “The Lion King.” ”Her vision, continued commitment to the show and uncommon artistry account for this extraordinary success,” he said in a statement.

In comparison, “The Lion King” looks like a pup: It is the sixth longest-running show on Broadway with over 5,900 performances over 14 years and has sold just over 10 million tickets.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” said Cary Ginell, a music historian and biographer who edited the seventh edition of “Broadway Musicals: Show By Show.” He compares “The Lion King” to a Disneyland ride.

Ginell tips his cap to the new box office king and doesn’t see a time soon when it abandons its kingdom. “‘Lion King’ is the perfect family musical and I think it always will be as long as expenses don’t go so far up that they won’t be able to afford to put it on anymore.”

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PostHeaderIcon Lion King Broadway Box Office – Update for Week April 08, 2012

Lion King Broadway grossed $2,081,189 and had a 100.0% attendance rate, same as that of the previous week. The 39 shows on the boards grossed $27,986,522, about 14.90% more than that of the previous week’s totals.

The start of April school vacations, family and tourist demand resulted in a big hit for the Broadway shows. As a result several of the shows – “Wicked,” “The Lion King,” “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” and “The Book of Mormon” – brought in huge sums per person on average, according to weekly box office data published on Monday. Wicked, Lion King and The Book Of Mormon grosses crossed $2 million sales last week.

Over all, Broadway musicals and plays grossed $28 million last week, compared to $23.8 million a week earlier and $22.1 million for the comparable week last season.

Below are the Top 10 Grosses from for the week ending April 08, 2012.

1. Wicked – (GERSHWIN) $2,183,025
2. The Lion King – (MINSKOFF) $2,081,189
3. Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark – (FOXWOODS) $2,010,621
4. The Book Of Mormon – (EUGENE O’NEILL) $1,590,235
5. Mary Poppins – (NEW AMSTERDAM) $1,364,848
6. Evita – (MARQUIS) $1,271,544
7. The Phantom Of The Opera – (MAJESTIC) $1,262,881
8. Newsies – (NEDERLANDER) $963,625
9. Mamma Mia! – (WINTER GARDEN) $947,575
10. Jersey Boys – (AUGUST WILSON) $942,780



PostHeaderIcon Peace Center SC Added More Tickets for Lion King Run June 12 to July 8

According to Peace Center President Megan Riegel, Reconfiguration of Peace Center SC concert hall makes room for more seats. To accommodate the animal parade in Disney’s blockbuster musical “The Lion King,” seats will have to be removed from the Peace Center’s Concert Hall.

Lion King Peace Center SC

Lion King Peace Center SC

With an overwhelming demand for tickets – the Peace Center reviewed the seating map with the show’s production team and were able to identify other areas where seats could be placed. The result is that 1,600 additional tickets will be available for the Lion King Musical show’s four-week run at Peace Center from June 12 through July 8.

“In an effort to accommodate the community’s tremendous enthusiasm for The Lion King, structural modifications are being implemented to the Peace Center so that additional seat locations can be created,” Peace Center President Megan Riegel said. The Peace Center expects “The Lion King” to be its biggest Broadway show ever.

Blockbuster multi-week Broadway shows fill hotel rooms and pack restaurants with out-of-town and out-of-state guests paying accommodations and local sales taxes that support other festivals and arts events.

“Wicked,” the last multi-week blockbuster Broadway show to come to the Peace Center, is a good example. “Wicked” had a 24-performance run in Greenville and more than 98 percent of the 48,864 available tickets were sold, generating more than $4 million in ticket sales alone.

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PostHeaderIcon The Lion King Musical Nashville, Tennessee Schedule – May 7 to June 2, 2013

The Lion King musical returning to Nashville Tennessee in the month of May 2013 for only 4-week run. Lion King Tennessee Performing Arts Center performances start on May 07, 2013 and continue through June 2, 2013.

Last in Nashville in 2006, TPAC President and CEO Kathleen O’Brien says patrons are always asking when it will be on the schedule again. “There are Broadway shows, and then there are Broadway events,” she says. “This is a Broadway event.”

“This is the first return engagement of Disney’s The Lion King since its record breaking debut here in 2006. People of all ages have embraced this production, and they want to experience it again or share it with a new generation,” O’Brien said. “Like last time, we will be modifying the seating in Andrew Jackson Hall to accommodate some of the most awe-inspiring, memorable scenes in the history of musical theatre. We’re glad to have it back for four weeks and, again, we expect to sell out. Buy your tickets in advance.”

The blockbuster Disney Theatrical Group musical, with music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, actors as animals and groundbreaking puppets, tells the tale of a lion cub on his journey to be king.

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