Benjamin Scheuer's Coming-of-Age Musical The Lion Will Roar Cross-Country in National Tour

News   Benjamin Scheuer's Coming-of-Age Musical The Lion Will Roar Cross-Country in National Tour
 
Following its Off-Broadway run at the Lynn Redgrave Theater, The Lion, Benjamin Scheuer's autobiographical coming-of-age musical, will launch a national tour.

Benjamin Scheuer
Benjamin Scheuer

The Lion will play the Portland Center Stage in Oregon May 2-June 14, with the national tour officially launching Aug. 22, at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, MA. It will play the Milwaukee Repertory Theater in Wisconsin Sept. 22-Nov. 8; the Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY Nov. 11-22; Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Feb. 26, 2016-April 3; and City Theatre Company in Pittsburgh, PA May 14-June 5.

"I am thrilled to be able to bring Benjamin's heartfelt story to cities across the country and for a national audience to hear and experience his exceptional talent as a musical storyteller," producer Eva Price said in a statement.

The Lion opened Feb. 8 at the Lynn Redgrave Theater following previews that began Feb. 3. Sean Daniels, who helmed the MTC production, directs.

Following its run at City Center, The Lion played the St. James Theatre in London.

Read critics' reviews of The Lion here. “The Lion is one of those rare and unforgettable shows that disarms you, enthralls you, and then never leaves you; experiencing the show as an unknowing audience member was one of my all-time greatest theatrical experiences,” Price said in a previous statement. “Artists like Benjamin come along once or twice in a generation, so it is an honor to share this joyful new musical with New Yorkers looking to be inspired by this uplifting and extraordinary story.”

Read Playbill.com's interview about the show's evolution with Scheuer here.

Scheuer is a 2013 ASCAP Cole Porter Songwriting Award winner. His work has been featured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2013 Musical Theatre Network Award for Best Lyrics); The St. James Theatre, London; The Jermyn Street Theatre, London; and Lincoln Center. He leads the band Escapist Papers.

Watch the animated music video for Scheuer's song "Cookie-Tin Banjo" here.

$10 lottery tickets to the Off-Broadway production of The Lion are available via the app TodayTix.

Visit TheLionMusical.com for more information.

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