Disney’s THE LION KING has returned to The Triangle on Tuesday, February 16 And Play for Five Weeks Through Sunday, March 20 at DPAC !
I attended the opening night of the long-awaited return engagement of Disney’s THE LION KING on Thursday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. The show’s four-week premiere engagement in 2011 played a sold-out run at DPAC, so I was excited to experience this beloved Broadway Hit again! The movie is a family fave, and to see the story of Simba, Mufasa’s noble son come to life is quite amazing! The music, the costumes, the creativity used to make the audience apart of the circle of life is why THE LION KING remains ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world.
ABOUT THE LION KING
Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 22 global productions have been seen by more than 80 million people and, cumulatively, run a staggering 112 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. Translated into eight different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese), productions of THE LION KING can currently be seen on Broadway; London’s West End; Hamburg; Tokyo; Madrid; Melbourne, Australia; Mexico City; and on tour across North America and Japan, for a total of nine productions running concurrently across the globe. Having played 20 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 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.”
The DPAC engagement of Disney’s THE LION KING is presented by arrangement with Nederlander and is a part of the Encore Broadway at DPAC series. For Ticket Information, go Online at DPACnc.com
· DPAC Ticket Center: 919.680.2787, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC
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Watch a preview of this amazing show here:
DPAC is such a wonderful venue to watch The Lion King musical. You will leave feeling like you’ve just visited an African savanah! So get your passport, I mean tickets to experience this musical. With so much authenticity and appeal, this show is a sight to see!
Long Live the King!
Here are a few pictures from last night #OnlyatDPAC #SuntrustBroadway !
**Great news, DPAC has announced a fifth week of Lion King on stage thru March 20! Get your tickets now**