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The Lion King   

New Amsterdam Theatre, (11/13/1997 - 6/04/2006)
Minskoff Theatre, (6/13/2006 - Present)
First Preview: Oct 15, 1997 Total Previews: 33
Opening Date: Nov 13, 1997    
Closing Date: Currently Running Total Performances: 7224
as of March 29, 2015

Category: Musical, Puppets, Spectacle, Original, Broadway

Production Staff [Collapse]
Theatre Owned / Operated by Disney Theatrical Productions
Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions; Produced for Disney Theatrical Productions by Peter Schneider and Thomas Schumacher; Associate Producer: Donald B. Frantz
Music by Elton John; Lyrics by Tim Rice; Additional music by Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; Additional lyrics by Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; Book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi; Adapted from the screenplay by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton; Musical Director: Joseph Church; Music orchestrated by Robert Elhai, David Metzger and Bruce Fowler; Music Produced for the Stage and Additional Score by Mark Mancina; Associate Music Producer: Robert Elhai; Additional Vocal Score and Vocal Arrangements by Lebo M; Rafiki's chants by Tsidii Le Loka
Directed by Julie Taymor; Choreographed by Garth Fagan
Scenic Design by Richard Hudson; Costume Design by Julie Taymor; Lighting Design by Donald Holder; Mask Design by Julie Taymor and Michael Curry; Puppet Design by Julie Taymor and Michael Curry; Sound Design by Tony Meola; Hair Design by Michael Ward; Make-Up Design by Michael Ward; Projection Design by Geoff Puckett; Associate Scenic Design: Peter Eastman; Scenic Design Assistant: Atkin Pace; Assistant Lighting Design: Martin Vreeland; Assistant Sound Design: Kai Harada
General Manager: Alan Levey; Project Manager: Nina Essman; Company Manager: Steven Chaikelson
Technical Director: David Benken; Production Stage Manager: Jeff Lee; Stage Manager: Mahlon Kruse, Elizabeth Burgess, Steve "Doc" Zorthian and Beverly Jenkins
Choral Director: Lebo M; Conducted by Joseph Church; Associate Conductor: Karl Jurman; Wood Flute Soloist/Flute/Piccolo: David Weiss; Concert Master: Claudia Hafer-Tondi; Concertmaster: Francisca Mendoza; Violin: Avril Brown; Cello: Eliana Mendoza and Bruce Wang; Violin/Viola: Ralph Farris; Flute/Clarinet/Bass Clarinet: Bob Keller; French Horn: Katie Dennis, Kait Mahony and Jeff Scott; Trombone: Rock Ciccarone; Bass Trombone/Tuba: George Flynn; Upright & Electric Basses: Luico Hopper; Drums: Tommy Igoe; Guitar: Kevin Kuhn; Mallets/Percussion: Valerie Dee Naranjo and Tom Brett; Percussion: Junior "Gabu" Wedderburn and Rolando Morales-Matos; Synthesizer: Ted Baker; Keyboard Synthesizers: Karl Jurman and Colin Welford; Musical Coordinator: Michael Keller; Music Preparation: Donald Oliver, Evan Morris and Chelsea Music Services, Inc.
Flying by Foy
Casting: Jay Binder; Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Dance Captain: Aubrey Lynch II; Logo Design: Fraver; Photographer: Joan Marcus
Eugene Barry-HillEnsemble Singer
Gina BreedloveSarabi
Ensemble Singer
Camille M. BrownEnsemble Dancer
Kevin CahoonEd
Iresol CardonaEnsemble Dancer
Max CasellaTimon
Tracy Nicole ChapmanShenzi
Mark Allan DavisEnsemble Dancer
Ntomb'khona DlaminiEnsemble Singer
Sheila GibbsEnsemble Singer
Lana GordonEnsemble Dancer
Heather HeadleyNala
Lindiwe HlengwaEnsemble Singer
Geoff HoyleZazu
Timothy HunterEnsemble Dancer
Scott Irby-RanniarYoung Simba
Christopher JacksonEnsemble Singer
Vanessa A. JonesEnsemble Singer
Michael JoyEnsemble Dancer
Faca KuluEnsemble Singer
Ron KuneneEnsemble Singer
Tsidii Le LokaRafiki
Aubrey Lynch IIEnsemble Dancer
Lebo MEnsemble Singer
Stanley Wayne MathisBanzai
Philip Dorian McAdooEnsemble Singer
Sam McKeltonEnsemble Singer
Nandi MorakeEnsemble Singer
Karine Plantadit-BageotEnsemble Dancer
Jason RaizeSimba
Tom Alan RobbinsPumbaa
Kajuana ShufordYoung Nala
Levensky SmithEnsemble Dancer
Ashi K. SmytheEnsemble Dancer
Endalyn Taylor-ShellmanEnsemble Dancer
John VickeryScar
Samuel E. WrightMufasa
Christine YasunagaEnsemble Dancer
Swings: Lindiwe Dlamini, Sonya Leslie, Peter Anthony Moore, Nhlanhla Ngema, Rachel Tecora Tucker and Frank Wright II
Understudies: Kevin Bailey (Scar), Eugene Barry-Hill (Mufasa), Camille M. Brown (Nala, Sarabi), Kevin Cahoon (Timon, Zazu), Alberto Cruz Jr. (Young Simba), Sheila Gibbs (Rafiki), Lana Gordon (Shenzi), Lindiwe Hlengwa (Nala, Rafiki), Timothy Hunter (Simba), Christopher Jackson (Simba), Vanessa A. Jones (Sarabi, Shenzi), Jennifer Josephs (Young Nala), Sonya Leslie (Nala), Philip Dorian McAdoo (Banzai, Mufasa, Pumbaa), Danny Rutigliano (Pumbaa, Timon, Zazu), Levensky Smith (Banzai) and Frank Wright II (Ed)
Lawrence AlexanderEnsemble Dancer
LaMar BaylorEnsemble Dancer
Fred BermanTimon
India BoldsEnsemble Dancer
Elishah BowmanEnsemble Dancer
James Brown-OrleansBanzai
Derrick DavisEnsemble Singer
Lindiwe DlaminiEnsemble Singer
Bongi DumaEnsemble Singer
Rosie Lani FiedelmanEnsemble Dancer
Christopher FreemanEnsemble Dancer
Bonita J. HamiltonShenzi
Pia HamiltonEnsemble Dancer
Jamal Lee HarrisEnsemble Singer
Lindsey HolmesEnsemble Dancer
K'Lynn JackmanYoung NalaAlternate
Ben JeffreyPumbaa
Shahadi Wright JosephYoung NalaAlternate
Joel KarieEnsemble Singer
Jeffrey KuhnZazu
Ron KuneneEnsemble Singer
Lisa LewisEnsemble Dancer
Mduduzi MadelaEnsemble Singer
Kimberly MarableEnsemble Singer
Jaysin McCollumEnsemble Dancer
Nathaniel McIntyreYoung SimbaAlternate
Ray MercerEnsemble Dancer
Isaiah D. NegronYoung SimbaAlternate
Aaron NelsonSimba
S'bu NgemaEnsemble Singer
Nteliseng NkhelaRafiki
Sindisiwe NxumaloEnsemble Singer
Chondra La-Tease ProfitEnsemble Singer
Chantel RileyNala
Gareth SaxeScar
Enrique SeguraEd
Thandazile A. SoniEnsemble Singer
Donna Michelle VaughnEnsemble Dancer
Rema WebbEnsemble Singer
Alton Fitzgerald WhiteMufasa
Swings: Sandy Alvarez, Angelica Edwards, Kenny Ingram, Andre Jackson, Kyle Lamar Mitchell, Jacqueline Rene, Kellen Stancil, Bravita Threatt and Natalie Turner
StandBy: Thom Christopher Warren (Pumbaa, Scar, Zazu),
Understudies: Derrick Davis (Mufasa, Scar), Lindiwe Dlamini (Shenzi), Angelica Edwards (Rafiki, Shenzi), Jim Ferris (Pumbaa, Timon, Zazu), Jamal Lee Harris (Mufasa), Kenny Ingram (Banzai, Ed), Andre Jackson (Ed), Joel Karie (Banzai, Simba), Nokubonga Khuzwayo (Nala), Mduduzi Madela (Banzai, Simba), Kimberly Marable (Sarabi, Shenzi), Jaysin McCollum (Ed), Kyle Lamar Mitchell (Simba), Sindisiwe Nxumalo (Nala, Sarabi), Chondra La-Tease Profit (Nala), Jacqueline Rene (Nala, Sarabi), Enrique Segura (Timon, Zazu), Thandazile A. Soni (Rafiki) and Rema Webb (Rafiki),
Tony Award®
winner 1998 Best Musical [winner] 
 Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions
 1998 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 
 Book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi
 1998 Best Original Musical Score [nominee] 
 Music by Elton John ;  Lyrics by Tim Rice ;  Additional music by Lebo M , Mark Mancina , Jay Rifkin , Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer
 1998 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Samuel E. Wright
 1998 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 
  Tsidii Le Loka
winner 1998 Best Scenic Design [winner] 
  Richard Hudson
winner 1998 Best Costume Design [winner] 
  Julie Taymor
winner 1998 Best Lighting Design [winner] 
  Donald Holder
winner 1998 Best Choreography [winner] 
  Garth Fagan
winner 1998 Best Direction of a Musical [winner] 
  Julie Taymor
 1998 Best Orchestrations [nominee] 
  Robert Elhai
 1998 Best Orchestrations [nominee] 
  David Metzger
 1998 Best Orchestrations [nominee] 
  Bruce Fowler
Drama Desk Award
 1998 Outstanding New Musical [nominee] 
 Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions
 1998 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Max Casella
 1998 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Geoff Hoyle
winner 1998 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [winner] 
  Tsidii Le Loka
winner 1998 Outstanding Choreography [winner] 
  Garth Fagan
winner 1998 Outstanding Direction of a Musical [winner] 
  Julie Taymor
 1998 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee] 
  Robert Elhai
 1998 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee] 
  David Metzger
 1998 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee] 
  Bruce Fowler
winner 1998 Outstanding Set Design of a Musical [winner] 
 Scenic Design by Richard Hudson
winner 1998 Outstanding Costume Design [winner] 
  Julie Taymor
winner 1998 Outstanding Lighting Design [winner] 
  Donald Holder
winner 1998 Outstanding Sound Design [winner] 
 Sound Design by Tony Meola
winner 1998 Outstanding Puppet Design [winner] 
 Puppet Design by Julie Taymor and Michael Curry
Theatre World
winner 1998 Award [recipient] 
  Max Casella
music by Elton John; lyrics by Tim Rice
(Unless otherwise noted)

ACT 1 Sung By
Circle of LifeRafiki and Ensemble
The Morning ReportZazu, Young Simba and Mufasa
I Just Can't Wait to Be KingYoung Simba, Young Nala, Zazu and Ensemble
Chow DownShenzi, Banzai and Ed
They Live in You
(music by Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin and Lebo M; lyrics by Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin and Lebo M)
Mufasa and Ensemble
Be PreparedScar, Shenzi, Banzai, Ed and Ensemble
Be Prepared (Reprise) Scar and Ensemble
Hakuna MatataTimon, Pumbaa, Young Simba, Simba and Ensemble
ACT 2 Sung By
One by One
(music by Lebo M; lyrics by Lebo M)
The Madness of King ScarScar, Zazu, Banzai, Shenzi, Ed and Nala
(music by Lebo M and Hans Zimmer; lyrics by Lebo M and Mark Mancina)
Nala, Rafiki and Ensemble
Endless Night
(music by Lebo M, Hans Zimmer and Jay Rifkin; lyrics by Julie Taymor)
Simba and Ensemble
Can You Feel the Love TonightTimon, Pumbaa, Simba, Nala and Ensemble
They Live in You (Reprise)
(music by Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin and Lebo M; lyrics by Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin and Lebo M)
Rafiki, Simba and Ensemble
King of Pride Rock
(music by Hans Zimmer; lyrics by Lebo M)
Circle of Life (Reprise) Ensemble