Those big ol' puppets have been waltzing down the aisles of the New Amsterdam Theatre for nearly half a decade now.
The Lion King, Broadway reigning smasharoo — at least until The Producers came along — celebrates four years of sell-outs and long ticket lines on Nov. 13. The Elton John-Tim Rice musical officially opened on that date in 1997, after previews from Oct. 15. It went on to win a bushel-ful of awards, including the Tony for best musical.
The tuner currently has productions running in London, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Japan and Toronto. Later this month, it will bow in Hamburg, Germany. The first U.S. national tour is scheduled to begin performances in Denver in 2002.