THE SCREENING ROOM: The Lion King Performances from Around the World (Video)
31 Aug 2012
On Aug. 15 the Tony Award-winning Disney musical The Lion King became the fifth longest-running show in Broadway history. The spectacle based on the hit animated film now plays the Minskoff Theatre, but first debuted at the New Amsterdam Theatre in 1997.
Playbill.com has collected our favorite performances from the production that was staged and conceived by Julie Taymor. It features songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, as well as 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, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.