Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) June 07, 2013
The Lion King continues to roar with audiences around the world. It opened on Broadway in 1997 and quickly won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Now in its 16th year, it is the highest-grossing show in Broadway history.
Director-designer Julie Taymor's inspired production is also running in London, Hamburg, Madrid and Tokyo; and a touring production is traveling across America and currently performing at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center in Tulsa through July 7, 2013.
Next on the touring production’s slate: The State Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio July 9 to August 4; Belk Theatre at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, North Carolina August 6 to September 1; and Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, Penn. September 3 to 29;
The cast then shows at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas from October 2 to 20; Gammage Auditorium in Tempe, Arizona October 22 to November 17; and Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, California November 20 to January 12, 2014.
Additional performances are set at the Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu, Hawaii from January 14 to March 9; Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington March 11 to April 6; Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia April 10 to 27; Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, Canada April 30 to June 15 and Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington D.C. from June 17 through August 17, 2014.
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Originally released as an animated musical adventure movie by Walt Disney in 1994, The Lion King has earned over $951 million worldwide as of 2011 and is the highest-grossing hand-drawn film in history. The movie won two Academy Awards in music and a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture, with its songs written by composer Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice and original score by Hans Zimmer.
The current Broadway adaptation opened in October of 1997, and is now the fifth longest-running Broadway show in history. Also, as of April 2012, it became the highest grossing Broadway show of all time, with over $853.8 million in receipts. (Source: wikipedia.org)
Directed by Julie Taymor, the brightly plumed musical paints a dreamscape of jungle characters in animal costumes as well as giant, hollow puppets. According to reviewers, Taymor's genius lay in cutting the sentiment with healthy doses of vaudeville and music-hall humor, and in enlarging and strengthening the female roles.
Plus the fabulous puppets of Taymor and Michael Curry - giant pachyderms, tiny shadows, stilt-walking giraffes, soaring birds, dancing grasslands – add to the wonder of the show.
Then there’s Elton John and Tim Rice's hit songs (including "Circle of Life, "Hakuna Matata," "I Just Can't Wait to Be King," and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"), Hans Zimmer's Oscar-winning score, and Lebo M's outstanding choral arrangements.
And, of course, there’s the story. Ripe with influences from the biblical tales of Joseph and Moses, and plays Hamlet and Macbeth by William Shakespeare, it tells of the trials of Simba, a young lion who is to take his father Mufasa's place as king. However, after his uncle Scar kills Mufasa, Simba must stop his uncle from conquering the Pride Lands and avenge his father.
As far as critical reviews, both the Broadway and traveling production have earned high praise for their potent mix of theatre traditions from around the world. Broadway critics give the play a 4.7 out of five, one of their highest ratings.
One critic wrote, “… the richest gem in Disney Theatrical Productions' crown. It is a wondrous spectacle of imaginative puppetry, African rhythms, athletic dance and brilliant design.”
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