Based on the 1994 Disney animated film of the same name, The Lion King features music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, musical score by Hans Zimmer and choral arrangements by Lebo M. Under the direction of visionary director Julie Taymor, who combined puppetry, with ground-breaking stagecraft, The Lion King soon became of the most popular stage musicals around the world. Opening on Broadway in 1997, it is now Broadway’s third-longest running show in history and the highest grossing Broadway production of all time. The London production opening in 1999 and is still running. The show became the highest earning show in box-office history for both stage and film in 2014 when it surpassed The Phantom Of The Opera. The Broadway Production of The Lion King won 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical and 8 Drama Desk Awards. Productions of The Lion King have now been seen across the … Read more
As the lights go down, and Rafiki begins summoning the animals to Pride Rock, it becomes obvious that Director Julie Taymor has created the greatest opening for any musical EVER! You can’t help but get goosebumps on your goosebumps as The Circle Of Life transports you to the African heartlands. There is an amazing majesty in the staging of this number that I doubt will be equalled any time soon.
On Sunday 19th October, Disney’s The Lion King will celebrate its 15th anniversary at London’s Lyceum Theatre. The award-winning musical has entertained over 12 million theatregoers and remains the West End’s best-selling stage production. The production also recently became the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time. To celebrate the 15th birthday of the production and to thank Londoners for embracing and supporting the show, Disney gave away 1500 tickets to the anniversary performance on Sunday 18th October. Over 1000 theatregoers queued at the Lyceum Theatre to claim tickets. Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “Congratulations to The Lion King whose long-run has contributed to the phenomenal success of London theatreland. From the bright lights of the West End, to the dozens of smaller theatres to be found across the city, it’s a hugely important sector for our economy, generating more than £600 million last year and underlining London’s … Read more