The annual "special performance" of Disney's The Lion King which will benefit the Actors' Fund, takes place at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Oct. 3 at 7 PM. The Lion King is based on the Disney animated film, with new songs by Elton John and Tim Rice. Additional songs were contributed by Lebo M, two-time Tony Award winner and Lion King director Julie Taymor, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer. The libretto is by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi.
According to long tradition, every Broadway show (in New York and on the road) adds a special performance to its regular schedule once each year, as a benefit for The Actors' Fund. Production notes indicate that "the excitement of these performances often surpasses that of an opening night, as casts from other productions have the opportunity to see the show on their night off, and performers in the show get the opportunity to play for an audience full of their peers and celebrities from the entertainment industry." Each company donates their time and talent, and all proceeds go directly to The Actors' Fund.
Tickets are still available and run as follows: orchestra and front mezzanine $90, middle mezzanine $65, front balcony $65, middle balcony $50 and rear balcony $25. To order tickets visit the box office, call (212) 307-4100 or visit www.actorsfund.org/tickets/index.html.