Next month, The Lion King will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Broadway at the Minskoff Theatre in Times Square. The musical surpassed Cats in 2015 to become Broadway’s third-longest-running show.
In celebration of the milestone, we spent an evening with L. Steven Taylor, who stars as Mufasa in the show, and who showed us how he gets into character every night. From entering the theatre and sitting in makeup, to putting on his elaborate headdress before stepping onstage.
Based on the Disney animated film of the same title, The Lion King opened on Broadway November 13, 1997. The show originally played the New Amsterdam Theatre.
Flip through photos of the pre-show process below:
Taylor first performed in The Lion King in 2005 as an ensemble performer covering Mufasa and Scar. He then played Mufasa on the show’s national tour before returning to the Broadway company in 2015.