When it Opened• It’s world premier came in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Orpheum Theatre on July 8th, 1997.• It opened to the public on November 13th, 1997.
The Story of “The Lion King” A stage version of the 1994 Disney film “The LionKing,” it is the story of a young lion living in the AfricanPride Lands. Simba spends his days exploring thegrasslands and taking after his father, Mufasa, whileavoiding the responsibility he is required to fulfill. Whenhis uncle Scar plans a stampede of wildebeest that killsMufasa, Simba flees the Pride Lands. Eventuallyaccompanied by Timon (meerkat) and Pumbaa(warthog), Simba starts a new life. But when a surpriserun-in with his old friend Nala and she tells him to returnhome, Simba must battle his uncle Scar and fulfill hisdestiny to be king of the Pride Lands and follow in hisfather’s footsteps.
The Cast• Simba Adam Jacobs• Mufasa Alton Fitzgerald White• Scar Patrick R. Brown• Rafiki Tshidi Manye• Nala Chauntee Schuler• Young Simba (alternating performances) Judah Bellamy• Young Simba (alternating performances) Alfonso Romero Jones II• Zazu Cameron Pow• Pumbaa Ben Jeffrey• Timon Fred Berman• Young Nala (alternating performances) Khail Toi Bryant• Young Nala (alternating performances) Shaylin Becton• Banzai James Brown-Orleans• Ed Enrique Segura• Shenzi Bonita J. Hamilton
Songs One by One Circle of Life Grasslands Chant The Madness of King Scar The Morning Report* Shadowland The Lioness Hunt I Just Cant Wait to Be King Endless Night Chow Down Can You Feel the Love Tonight They Live in You He Lives in You (Reprise) Be Prepared Simba Confronts ScarThe Stampede/Rafiki Mourns King of Pride Rock/Circle of Life (Reprise) Hakuna Matata
Awards1) Best Choreography2) Best Costume Design3) Best Director4) Best Lighting Design5) Best New Musical (1998)6) Best Scenic Design7) Best Music Nomination
Interesting Facts• “The Lion King” is now Broadways seventh longest- running show in history.• As of this month, it is the highest grossing Broadway show of all time, having made $853.8 million.• The actors in the play use large animal puppets and paint themselves the color of the animal to resemble the character they hold and move.
Group Members Steven Schroeck Eric Thiemann Zach SmithMichael Lustenberger