The venue — which currently houses the Tony Award-winning Disney musical — will lend its lobby daily to the television show.
"We scouted a number of locations in Times Square," the show's co-executive producer, DJ Petroro, told Playbill.com. The Nederlander Organization showed the TV program the lobby to their Broadway house located at 200 West 45th Street. "The Lion King lobby is three stories high filled with floor-to-ceiling glass and was by far the most impressive and expansive location to shoot."
The team will be working around The Lion King's schedule with an exit time of 3 PM Monday-Friday with a 12 noon cutoff on Wednesdays (due to the matinees). The set, according to Petroro, will be broken down and struck daily to accommodate the schedule. "It's a huge undertaking, but that's what we're used to, and we're really excited about it."
The half-hour "The Insider" airs nightly on CBS (in New York City, Monday-Friday at 7 PM; check local listings). The show premiered in 2004 and will inhabit the Minskoff lobby starting Dec. 10.
The Minskoff Theatre — named for Sam Minskoff, head of a building firm — opened in 1973 with the musical revival of Irene starring Debbie Reynolds (as the title character) with daughter Carrie Fisher. The house has since played home to shows by Bette Midler; Reynolds; Engelbert Humperdinck; Shirley Bassey; Patti La Belle; and Peter, Paul & Mary as well as revivals of Hello, Dolly!; West Side Story; Can-Can; The Pirate of Penzance; Sweet Charity; Cabaret; Peter Pan; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; and, most recently, Fiddler on the Roof. Other recent shows include Sunset Boulevard, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Saturday Night Fever, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Dance of the Vampires. For more information visit theinsideronline.com.