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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: 7442
as of October 04, 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 and Jonathan Fensom; Associate Costume Design: Mary Nemecek Peterson; Associate Lighting Design: Jeanne Koenig; Scenic Design Assistant: Atkin Pace; Assistant Costume Design: Tracy Dorman; Assistant Lighting Design: Martin Vreeland; Assistant Sound Design: Kai Harada; Automated Lighting Programmer: Aland Henderson
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; Violin/Viola: Ralph Farris; Cello: Eliana Mendoza and Bruce Wang; 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.; Synthesizer Programmer: Ted Baker
Flying by Foy
Casting: Jay Binder; Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Dance Captain: Aubrey Lynch II; Logo Design: Fraver; Photographer: Joan Marcus and Marc Bryan-Brown
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
Guinea Fowl
Scar Shadow Puppet
LaMar BaylorEnsemble Dancer
Simba Shadow Puppet
Fred BermanTimon
Allison BlackwellEnsemble Singer
Lioness/Hyena Shadow Puppet
India BoldsEnsemble Dancer
Elishah BowmanEnsemble Dancer
James Brown-OrleansBanzai
Grace CapelessYoung NalaAlternate
Derrick DavisEnsemble Singer
Gugwana DlaminiRafiki
Lindiwe DlaminiEnsemble Singer
Bongi DumaEnsemble Singer
One by One Vocal
One by One Dance
Lioness/Hyena Shadow Puppet
Rosie Lani FiedelmanEnsemble Dancer
Christopher FreemanEnsemble Dancer
Buzzard Pole
Simba Shadow Puppet
Bonita J. HamiltonShenzi
Pia HamiltonEnsemble Dancer
Gazelle Wheel
Jamal Lee HarrisEnsemble Singer
Lindsey HolmesEnsemble Dancer
K'Lynn JackmanYoung NalaAlternate
Lindsey Jolyn JacksonEnsemble Dancer
Ben JeffreyPumbaa
Joel KarieEnsemble Singer
Mouse Shadow Puppet
Jeffrey KuhnZazu
Lisa LewisEnsemble Dancer
Nala Pole Puppet
Mduduzi MadelaEnsemble Singer
Circle of Life Vocals
Giraffe Shadow Puppet
Scar Shadow Puppet
Pumbaa Pole Puppet
Kimberly MarableEnsemble Singer
Jaysin McCollumEnsemble Dancer
Giraffe Shadow Puppet
Scar Shadow Puppet
Ray MercerEnsemble Dancer
Simba Shadow Puppet
Acrobatic Trickster
S'bu NgemaEnsemble Singer
Circle of Life Vocals
Lioness Chant Vocal
One by One Dance
Nhlanhla NgobeniEnsemble Singer
One by One Dance
Sindisiwe NxumaloEnsemble Singer
One by One Vocal
Lioness/Hyena Shadow Puppet
Jelani RemySimba
Chantel RileyNala
Gareth SaxeScar
Enrique SeguraEd
Julian SilvaYoung SimbaAlternate
Thandazile A. SoniEnsemble Singer
Lioness/Hyena Shadow Puppet
Sophia N. StephensSarabi
Ensemble Singer
Lioness/Hyena Shadow Puppet
L. Steven TaylorMufasa
Donna Michelle VaughnEnsemble Dancer
Ant Hill Lady
Rema WebbEnsemble Singer
Jahi Diallo WinstonYoung SimbaAlternate
Swings: Angelica Edwards, Kenny Ingram, Andre Jackson, Kyle Lamar Mitchell, James A. Pierce III, Jacqueline Rene, Kellen Stancil, Bravita Threatt and Natalie Turner
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), Nhlanhla Ngobeni (Mufasa), Sindisiwe Nxumalo (Nala, Rafiki, Sarabi), Jacqueline Rene (Nala, Sarabi), Enrique Segura (Timon, Zazu), Thandazile A. Soni (Rafiki), Sophia N. Stephens (Nala), Thom Christopher Warren (Pumbaa, Scar, Zazu), Rema Webb (Sarabi) and Jonathan Weir (Pumbaa, Scar),
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