The free exhibit explores the inspiration and evolution of the Tony-winning musical that is currently playing Broadway's Minskoff Theatre. The exhibit, according to press notes, will feature "behind-the-scenes photographs, costume sketches, maquette models, full-scale puppets and costume displays [as well as] two fully-costumed wax figures of the popular characters Rafiki and Scar, which were developed by Madame Tussauds New York."
Since its Broadway opening on Nov. 13, 1997, The Lion King has been seen by 45 million people worldwide. Directed by Julie Taymor — who became the first woman to ever receive a Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical — The Lion King has become an international hit with productions playing all around the globe. In fact, 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 Shops at Columbus Circle – Time Warner Center are located at 10 Columbus Circle in Manhattan. The free exhibit runs 9 AM-10 PM.