Benjamin Scheuer's One-Man Show The Lion Begins in Portland Today

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The Lion, Benjamin Scheuer's acclaimed autobiographical coming-of-age musical, begins performances at the Portland Center Stage in Oregon May 2.

Benjamin Scheuer
Benjamin Scheuer

It will continue performances through June 14.

The Lion's national tour will officially launch Aug. 22 at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, MA. The one-man song cycle will also play the Milwaukee Repertory Theater in Wisconsin Sept. 22-Nov. 8; the Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY, Nov. 11-22; Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., Feb. 26, 2016-April 3; and City Theatre Company in Pittsburgh, PA, May 14-June 5.

The Lion previously played a limited run at the Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project that concluded March 29.

"I am thrilled to be able to bring Benjamin's heartfelt story to cities across the country and for a national audience to hear and experience his exceptional talent as a musical storyteller," producer Eva Price said in a previous statement.

The Lion opened Feb. 8 at the Lynn Redgrave Theater following previews that began Feb. 3. Sean Daniels, who helmed the earlier MTC production, again directed. Following its run at City Center, The Lion played the St. James Theatre in London.

Read critics' reviews of The Lion here.

"The Lion is one of those rare and unforgettable shows that disarms you, enthralls you, and then never leaves you; experiencing the show as an unknowing audience member was one of my all-time greatest theatrical experiences," Price said in a previous statement. "Artists like Benjamin come along once or twice in a generation, so it is an honor to share this joyful new musical with New Yorkers looking to be inspired by this uplifting and extraordinary story."

Read's interview about the show's evolution with Scheuer here.

Scheuer is a 2013 ASCAP Cole Porter Songwriting Award winner. His work has been featured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2013 Musical Theatre Network Award for Best Lyrics); The St. James Theatre, London; The Jermyn Street Theatre, London; and Lincoln Center. He leads the band Escapist Papers.

Watch the animated music video for Scheuer's song "Cookie-Tin Banjo" here.

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