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PostHeaderIcon Lion King Broadway Company Welcomes Aaron Nelson to Play Simba

The fifth longest-running show in Broadway history, Lion King Broadway Company Welcomes Aaron Nelson to Play Simba starting from Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at Minskoff Theatre.

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Aaron Nelson to Play Simba from August 27

Aaron Nelson to Play Simba from August 27

Aaron Nelson is the first Simba since Jason Raize created the role nearly sixteen years ago to play Broadway without having previously been a member of another Lion King company.

Aaron Nelson is making his Broadway debut as a brand new member to The Lion King family. A proud Chicagoan, Aaron received his BA in Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago. His regional theater credits include columbinus 2.0 (American Theater Company), Rent (American Theater Company), and Dreamgirls (Theater 47). He made his television debut as “Kyle” in NBC’s “Chicago Fire.”

In its 16th year, The Lion King remains ascendant; it 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. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), The Lion King is only the second show in history to generate five productions worldwide running 10 or more years.

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PostHeaderIcon The Lion King ‘Pop-up’ Exhibit Gallery by Broadway.com

Broadway.com get First Look at The Lion King’s Pop-Up Exhibit – Here is the Gallery for you:

The Lion King pop-up exhibit in New York City

The Lion King pop-up exhibit in New York City


Lion King pop-up exhibit in New York

Lion King pop-up exhibit in New York


Lion King ‘Pop-up’ Exhibit Gallery

Lion King ‘Pop-up’ Exhibit Gallery


Lion King ‘Pop-up’ Exhibit in New York

Lion King ‘Pop-up’ Exhibit in New York

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PostHeaderIcon The Lion King’s 15th Broadway Anniversary Gallery by TheaterMania.com

Disney’s Tony Award-winning musical The Lion King celebrated its 15th Anniversary performance on Sunday, November 18, with a special multi-lingual rendition of the show’s iconic anthem “Circle of Life,” sung by six “Rafikis” from around the world. Julie Taymor, Lebo M., and Six Rafikis Mark The Lion King’s 15th Anniversary on Broadway – The Photo Gallery by David Gordon at TheaterMania.com

Most of the musical’s original creative team, including Tony Award-winning director/co-costume designer Julie Taymor and vocal arranger/composer Lebohang “Lebo M.” Morake, took the stage after curtain-call for a celebratory bow. As confetti canons fired, they lead the packed house in a musical encore (joined by multi-lingual monkeys).

Six Rafikis at The Lion King’s 15th Anniversary

Six Rafikis at The Lion King’s 15th Anniversary


Three Rafikis and Julie Taymor

Three Rafikis and Julie Taymor


Director Julie Taymor with Cast Members

Director Julie Taymor with Cast Members


Composer Lebohang “Lebo M” Morake

Composer Lebohang “Lebo M” Morake


Thank you to the New York pride for the last 15 years

Thank you to the New York pride for the last 15 years


The Lion King Original Creative Team On Stage

The Lion King Original Creative Team On Stage

The current cast of The Lion King features Patrick R. Brown (Scar), Alton Fitzgerald White (Mufasa), Tshidi Manye (Rafiki), Jeff Binder (Zazu), Benn Jeffrey (Pumbaa), Fred Berman (Timon), Andile Gumbi (Simba), and Chantel Riley (Nala).

Check the complete gallery {Via TheaterMania.com}

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PostHeaderIcon The Lion King’s 15 Years on Broadway, Anniversary Special – by Broadway Buzz

Disney’s Tony-winning musical The Lion King celebrates 15 magical years on Broadway. The landmark production, which combined cutting edge technology with inventive new uses for masks and puppets, opened at the newly refurbished New Amsterdam Theatre on November 13, 1997. A decade and a half later, The Lion King continues to be one of the hottest tickets in town at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre.

In honor of its anniversary, Broadway.com shares 15 fascinating facts about the show everyone loves.

1. Julie Taymor became the first woman to win a Tony Award for Direction of a Musical for her work on The Lion King and took home a second Tony for the show’s costumes.

2. Before giving a Tony-nominated performance as Mufasa, Samuel E. Wright provided the voice of Sebastian the Crab in Disney’s film The Little Mermaid and debuted the Oscar-winning song “Under the Sea.”

3. The character of Rafiki was changed from an old man in the film to a woman in the musical in order to provide a leading role for a female actress. Good call: Tsidii Le Loka received a Tony nomination for her performance.

4. The Broadway production has played through three Presidential administrations, four mayoral elections and the opening and closing of 536 Broadway shows.

5. The Rhinos in the musical wear Vans sneakers.

6. With a cumulative gross in excess of $5 billion, The Lion King has earned more than the Lord of the Rings film trilogy combined, more than the six Star Wars films combined and more than Avatar and Titanic combined.

7. Pumbaa’s costume weighs 45 pounds and is worn like a backpack.

8. The box office clout of The Lion King shows no signs of waning: 125,000 more tickets were sold in its 15th year than in the 14th, and 50,000 more tickets were sold than in the 10th year of the run.

9. Dancers in black costumes, gloves and hats manipulate pieces of Mufasa’s face on poles to create the scene in which he appears to Simba under the stars.

10. The Lion King’s 21 productions have played in 98 cities in 16 countries on every continent except Antarctica.

11. Pride Rock can rotate in either direction and is segmented into three parts, which go up and down separately (but in order).

12. Though The Lion King lost the 1998 Tony for Best Score to Ragtime, three of Elton John and Tim Rice’s songs had already been nominated for the Oscar. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” won Best Song in 1995 over “The Circle of Life” and “Hakuna Matata.”

13. The Lion King orchestra is comprised of 23 musicians: 17 in the pit, two percussionists in the boxes and four brass instrumentalists who play down the hall because they don’t fit into the pit.

14. Despite being small, Zazu the bird is actually the most complicated puppet in the show.

15. In order to get into costume, the actor playing the giraffe sits at the top of a six-foot ladder and has a dresser help attach his headpiece and stilts to his feet and hands.

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PostHeaderIcon The Lion King Celebrates 15 years on Broadway – ABC Inc Video

The Lion King will celebrates 15 years on Broadway on November 13 at the Minskoff Theatre.

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