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The Lion King the Broadway Musical

The Lion King: The Broadway Musical performed its world premiere at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, MN, on July 8, 1997.

"... The show was running smoothly and we could all breathe a little bit easier. July 31, 1997. Minneapolis. Opening night. Glorious." --Julie Taymor, Director.

From November 13th, 1997, King played to sold out houses for nearly ten years at the magestically restored New Amsterdam Theatre on 42nd street in New York City, giving a farewell performance to the great house on June 4th, 2006. The show then moved a few blocks up the Great White Way to its new home, the Minskoff Theatre, and continues to sell out houses and receive standing ovations nearly a decade after its Broadway debut. Will King return to the New Am? Only time will tell.

This musical version of Disney's greatest animated feature ever continues to drawn rave reviews for its amazing special effects and staging. The incredable music by Tim Rice, Elton John, Hans Zimmer, and Lebo M., combined with the ground-breaking direction of Julie Taymor combine to produce a theatrical experience unlike any other to ever be seen or heard on Broadway. Its magical performance by a cast using masks and puppetry combined with live acting portray the power and beauty of The Lion King.

The Lion King on Broadway has proven to be an exceptional musical unlike any other, going on to win no less then six Tony awards for Best Musical, Best Director in a Musical (Julie Taymor), Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Scenic Design, and Best Choreography.

The Lion King was also nominated for five other Tonys, including Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Sam Wright), Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Tsidii Le Loka), and Best Orchestrations. That's no less then 11 Tony nominations, including Best Musical, which it went on to win!