The Lion King returned to Broadway watch Julie Taymor's speech - AmNews Curtain Raiser


Saturday, September 18, 2021

The Lion King returned to Broadway watch Julie Taymor's speech

 The Lion King returned to Broadway following the unprecedented 18-month shutdown of the theater industry. Video and photos of the historic evening at the Minskoff Theatre are available now.

In a Broadway first, tonight’s performance of “Circle Of Life” was live-streamed on TikTok, opening up the historic evening to fans all over the world.


The starry evening included The Today Show’s Jenna Bush Hager and Carson DalyGloria Steinem (whose life is the focus of the 2020 Taymor film, The Glorias), Kristin ChenowethSalman Rushdie, Jelani AlladinHeidi BlickenstaffAshley BrownGreg HildrethJohn Riddle and three stars of Aladdin, which will celebrate its Broadway reopening on Tuesday, September 28: Michael Maliakel (Aladdin), Michael James Scott (Genie) and Shoba Narayan (Jasmine).

The Broadway cast of the The Lion King stars Stephen Carlile as Scar, L. Steven Taylor as Mufasa, Tshidi Manye as Rafiki, Cameron Pow as Zazu, Ben Jeffrey as Pumbaa, Fred Berman as Timon, Brandon A. McCall as Simba, Adrienne Walker as Nala, James Brown-Orleans as Banzai, Bonita J. Hamilton as Shenzi and Robb Sapp as Ed. Vince Ermita and Corey J. alternate as Young Simba, and Alayna Martus and Sydney Elise Russell alternate as Young Nala.


The Lion King also features Lawrence Keith AlexanderCameron AmandusLeanne AntonioAndrew ArringtonIndia Bolds BrowneLindiwe DlaminiZinhle DubeBongi DumaAngelica EdwardsJim FerrisRosie Lani FeldmanDaniel GaymonPia HamiltonDaniel HarderMichael Alexander HenryMichael HollickPearl KhweziLindsey JacksonLisa LewisMduduzi MadelaJaysin McCollumRay MercerS’bu NgemaNhlanhla NgobeniNteliseng NkhelaJacqueline RenéKaylin SeckelKellen StencilHousso SemonDerrick SpearMichael Stiggers Jr.Jamie J. ThompsonBravita ThreattNatalie TurnerDonna Michelle VaughanNicholas Ward, and Stephen Scott Wormley



Approaching 24 landmark years on Broadway, The Lion King continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its premiere on November 13, 1997, 25 global productions have been seen by nearly 110 million people. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), The Lion King has made theatrical history with six productions worldwide running 15 or more years and four others running 20 or more years. 


Performed over its lifetime in nine different languages (English, Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin, and Portuguese), by the end of 2021, there will be ten productions of The Lion King around the world, including Broadway, London, Paris, Hamburg, Tokyo, Madrid, on tour across North America, Japan, and the U.K. & Ireland, with a separate production touring internationally. Having played over 100 cities in 21 countries on every continent except Antarctica, The Lion King’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.      


The Lion King won six 1998 Tony Awards®: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan), and Best Direction of a Musical. The Lion King has also earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year, and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design. 


The show’s director, costume designer, and mask co-designer Julie Taymor continues to play an integral part in the show’s ongoing success. The first woman to win a Tony Award for Direction of a Musical, Taymor continues to supervise new productions of the show around the world.


The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s songs from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo MMark MancinaJay RifkinJulie 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 Lebo M’s rich choral numbers.


Elton John, Lebo M, and Hans Zimmer all collaborated on the 2019 version of the film, executive produced by Julie Taymor and Thomas Schumacher, which has gone onto extraordinary worldwide success.


The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed the animated The Lion King feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay. Other members of the creative team include Michael Curry, who designed the masks and puppets with Taymor, Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), Anthony Lyn (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor) and Doc Zorthian (production supervisor). Anne Quart serves as co-producer.


For more information worldwide, visit 

No comments:

Post a Comment