The North American tour of Disney’s The Lion King celebrates its 15th anniversary April 27 in St. Louis, where the award-winning musical is playing The Fox Theatre through May 7.
The Tony-winning Broadway production continues at the Minskoff Theatre. To purchase tickets, click here.
Since launching in April 2002 in Denver, Colorado, The Lion King North American touring productions have played over 8,000 performances during 171 engagements in 77 cities to an audience of more than 19 million.
The tour will unveil a newly configured production in October, allowing the award-winning show to entertain audiences in cities and venues that previously couldn’t accommodate the tour. Starting in the 2017–2018 season, The Lion King will play premiere engagements in numerous cities, including Kalamazoo, Michigan; Little Rock, Arkansas; El Paso, Texas; Boise, Idaho; Eugene, Oregon; and Sarasota, Florida, as well as return engagements in markets previously played.
The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice's music from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Taymor, and Hans Zimmer; and music from Rhythm of the Pride Lands, an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mancina, and Zimmer.
The book was adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed The Lion King animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film's screenplay. Directed by Taymor—who became the first woman to ever receive a Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical—The Lion King 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.