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PostHeaderIcon Lion King Broadway Cast Update – Jeffrey Kuhn and Tshidi Manye Join the Company

Disney’s The Lion King Broadway welcomes Jeffrey Kuhn, in the role of Zazu, and Tshidi Manye, who rejoins the production as Rafiki.

Jeffrey Kuhn makes his Lion King debut as the prim and proper hornbilled bird, Zazu. Jeffrey Kuhn has been seen in the Broadway productions of The 39 Steps, Spamalot, Wicked, Assassins, Ragtime, and Off-Broadway in John Guare’s 3 Kinds of Exile (Atlantic). Kuhn’s regional credits include An Enemy of the People (Centerstage), Next Fall (St. Louis Rep), Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare Theatre), Sea of Tranquility (Old Globe), Love’s Labour’s Lost, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Antony & Cleopatra and many others (Stratford Festival), Barrington, Alliance, Pittsburgh Public, and Cincinnati Playhouse. Tour: The Who’s Tommy.

Tshidi Manye, Broadway’s longest-running Rafiki, returns to the Broadway production, having recently spent four months playing the role to critical acclaim on the North American Tour. Tshidi Manye toured Europe and Japan with M. Bongeni Ngema in the hit musical Sarafina. She made her Broadway debut in The Lion King in 2004. Other stage credits include Rafiki in the Toronto production, Daughter of Nebo by Hillary Bletcher, Mfowethu by Gibson Kente, and The Stick by Aubrey Sekhabi. Manye is honored to have performed with legendary artists such as Paul Simon, David Byrne, Hugh Masekela, Jabu Khanyile, and Vusi Mahlasela. Albums: Sisters of Joy, Wildflower.

The Lion King musical is the highest-grossing Broadway show in New York history and one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 21 global productions have been seen by more than 70 million people and, cumulatively, run a staggering 104 years.

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PostHeaderIcon The Lion King ‘Pop-up’ Exhibit – “Inside the Lion King” Through December 16

The new pop-up exhibition “Inside The Lion King” is now up and running in Midtown, allowing theater fans to get a behind-the-scenes peek at one of Broadway’s biggest shows.

Exhibit - Inside the Lion King

Exhibit – Inside the Lion King

Inside the Lion King, a pop-up exhibit in New York City

Inside the Lion King, a pop-up exhibit in New York City

The exhibit opened on December 1 in New York City, at a space next to Bryant Park on 42nd Street. Titled “Inside the Lion King,” this free, pop-up exhibit will allow fans of the show to interact with 86 museum quality artifacts that have appeared in productions across the globe. These include masks, puppets and elaborate costumes, including a 13-foot elephant and a 17-foot ostrich. In addition, touch screens will provide fans with an opportunity to delve deeper into the show’s history and photo stations will allow visitors to take home images of themselves with props and other thematic representations of the show.

The creators say this is the first immersive, pop-up exhibit ever created for a Broadway show. The idea for the exhibit evolved over many years, as audience members frequently expressed interest in “getting a little bit closer” to the production, said Andrew Flatt, senior vice president for marketing at the Disney Theatrical Group. The show is celebrating its 15th anniversary on Broadway this year, so it seemed like the right time to do it, he said. “We considered backstage tours, but those are things you can’t do in volume,” Flatt said, noting that it is the first time a live event space was used in conjunction with a stage musical.

Exhibit will be on display at 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue through December 16. Special weekend workshops will feature African music and dance, design, and storytelling. Visitors, for example, can create an original mask, or try their hand at playwriting.


PostHeaderIcon Lion King Will Become Fifth Longest-Running Broadway Show

Disney’s The Lion King will become the fifth longest-running Broadway show on Wednesday, August 15 with the 2:00 PM matinee performance at the Minskoff Theatre. With 6138 performances, The Lion King will surpass the original Broadway production of A Chorus Line (with 6,137 performances).

In its 15th year, The Lion King remains ascendant, recently becoming the highest-grossing Broadway show in history. Since its Broadway premiere on Nov. 13, 1997, 19 productions around the globe have been seen by more than 65 million people, grossed over $4.8 billion and, cumulatively, run 91 years. The Lion King is only the second show in history to generate five productions running 10 or more years. The Lion King has become an international hit with productions playing all around the globe.

The musical currently plays Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre. Buy Lion King New York NY Tickets and Save $10 on any orders of $250 or more, by using the code SUMMERFUNTN at checkout.


PostHeaderIcon Lion King Broadway Box Office Update for Week Ending 07/01/2012

Lion King Broadway Musical grossed $1,944,704 and had an attendance rate of 100.0%, same as that of the previous week. The 30 shows on the boards grossed $23,877,257, slipping around 0.33% from the previous week’s totals.

Below are the Top 12 Grosses from for the week ending 07/01/2012.

1. Wicked – (GERSHWIN) $2,033,004
2. The Lion King – (MINSKOFF) $1,944,704
3. The Book Of Mormon – (EUGENE O’NEILL) $1,615,956
4. Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark – (FOXWOODS) $1,608,683
5. Evita – (MARQUIS) $1,191,200
6. Newsies – (NEDERLANDER) $1,048,090
7. Once – (JACOBS) $1,039,207
8. Mary Poppins – (NEW AMSTERDAM) $929,166
9. The Phantom Of The Opera – (MAJESTIC) $889,043
10. Jersey Boys – (AUGUST WILSON) $887,165
11. Nice Work If You Can Get It – (IMPERIAL) $804,816
12. Mamma Mia! – (WINTER GARDEN) $750,421



PostHeaderIcon Weekly Schedule of Current Broadway Shows

While most of Broadway runs on a traditional Tuesday through Sunday schedule – with Sunday and Monday evenings off – a handful of productions diverge slightly and offer performances at non-traditional times. This affords potential theatregoers a number of options should they wish to take in a Broadway show on a night when much of the Great White Way is “dark.”

Additionally, some productions offer one or more 7 PM evening performances to allow an earlier night out for family audiences and other early birds.

Here is a rundown of the current Broadway offerings and their weekly show times. This information is accurate at press time and will be updated periodically as changes occur.

Shows with frequently-alternating or repertory schedules (such as In the Heights and Mamma Mia!) have been omitted from this page.

Information subject to change without notice at the discretion of each production.

Please check individual show listings or ticketing sites to confirm exact dates.

Show Title Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun.
The Addams Family DARK 7pm 2pm, 8pm 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 3pm
American Idiot DARK 7pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm, 7pm
Billy Elliot DARK DARK 2pm, 8pm 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm, 7:30pm
Chicago 8pm 8pm DARK 8pm 8pm 2:30, 8pm 2:30, 7pm
Collected Stories DARK 7pm 2pm, 8pm 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm
Come Fly Away DARK 7pm 2pm, 8pm 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 3pm
Everyday Rapture DARK 8pm 2pm, 8pm 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm
Fela! DARK 7pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 3pm, 8pm
Fences DARK 7pm 2pm, 8pm 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 3pm
Hair DARK 7pm 2pm, 8pm 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 3pm
Jersey Boys DARK 7pm 2pm, 8pm 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 3pm
La Cage aux Folles DARK 8pm 2:30, 8pm 8pm 8pm 2:30, 8pm 7pm
Lend Me a Tenor DARK 7pm 2pm, 8pm 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 3pm
A Little Night Music DARK 8pm 2pm, 8pm 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 3pm
Lion King, The DARK 7pm 2pm, 8pm 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 3pm
Mary Poppins DARK 8pm 2pm, 8pm 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 3pm
Memphis DARK 7pm 2pm, 8pm 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 3pm
Million Dollar Quartet 8pm 7pm 2pm, 8pm 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm DARK
Next Fall DARK 7pm 2pm, 8pm 8pm 8pm 3pm, 8pm 3pm
Next to Normal 8pm 7pm DARK 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 3pm, 7:30
Phantom of the Opera, The 8pm 7pm 2pm, 8pm 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm DARK
Promises, Promises DARK 7pm 2pm, 8pm 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 3pm
Race DARK 7pm 2pm, 8pm 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 3pm
Red DARK 7pm 2pm, 8pm 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 3pm
Rock of Ages 8pm 7pm DARK 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 3pm, 7:30pm
Sondheim on Sondheim DARK 8pm 2pm, 8pm 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm
South Pacific DARK 7pm 2pm, 8pm 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 3pm
West Side Story DARK 7pm 2pm, 8pm 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 3pm
Wicked DARK 7pm 2pm, 8pm 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 3pm

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