The Broadway production of The Lion King has honored talk-show host Rosie O'Donnell with two seats in its theatre. Affixed to two seats of the New Amsterdam Theatre are plaques that read "This seat honors and thanks Rosie O’Donnell." O'Donnell is the first person to receive such an honor since the New Amsterdam reopened its doors in 1997 after renovations.
O'Donnell, who ends her reign as the host of "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" this week, is a long-time supporter of Broadway. The Lion King was one of the many shows she trumpeted throughout her six years on the talk-show. The Lion King opened on Broadway in 1997 at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Featuring a score by Elton John (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics), the musical won six Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical. Tickets to the Broadway production at the New Amsterdam Theatre (42nd Street) are available by calling The Disney Hotline at (212) 307-4747.