The Lion King will roar into Indianapolis in February 2004, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Indianapolis' Murat Theatre will host a five-week run of the Tony Award-winning Disney musical, which is based on the film of the same name. Brad Broecker, senior vice president of theatrical presentations for Clear Channel Entertainment, told the Indianapolis paper, "We worked very hard to get The Lion King to Indianapolis as quickly as possible. We know the absolute magic of this show and the interest in the public for it."
The Murat Theatre seats 2,517 theatregoers; ticket prices are estimated to cost between $20 and $75.
Directed by Julie Taymor — who became the first woman ever to receive a Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical — The Lion King opened on Broadway on Nov. 13, 1997. Since that time, the musical has become an international hit with productions in London, Toronto, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Los Angeles and Hamburg. Worldwide, the Elton John-Tim Rice musical has won over 30 major awards. Those include six Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical; eight Drama Desk Awards; six Outer Critics Circle Awards; two Sir Laurence Oliviers; the Evening Standard Award for Best Theatrical Event; and three Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards.
The Lion King currently plays on Broadway the New Amsterdam Theatre on West 42nd Street; go to www.disneyonbroadway.com for more information.