On Nov. 13 the Tony-winning Disney musical The Lion King will celebrate five sold-out years at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre. The musical is also the first to implement Ticketmaster's ticketFast ticketing technology.
The new technology — now available to Lion King buyers — enables theatregoers to log on to www.ticketmaster.com, purchase their tickets and then print bar-coded tickets that can be used for admission to the New Amsterdam Theatre. The Lion King is the only Broadway show currently offering this technology. The ticketFast technology, however, does require Adobe Acrobat software; the software can be downloaded free of charge at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html.
Directed by Julie Taymor — who became the first woman ever to receive a Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical — The Lion King has become an international hit with productions in London, Toronto, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Los Angeles and Hamburg. There is also a U.S. national tour, which will be seen in Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Charlotte, Cleveland and St. Louis.
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 plays the New Amsterdam Theatre (W. 42nd Street); call (212)307-4747 for tickets. Go to www.disneyonbroadway.com for more information.