The Lion King Plays 6,000th Broadway Performance April 18

News   The Lion King Plays 6,000th Broadway Performance April 18
Disney's The Lion King, which recently surpassed The Phantom of the Opera as the highest-grossing Broadway show in history, plays its 6,000th performance in New York City April 18 at 2 PM at the Minskoff Theatre.

Coinciding with this achievement, The Lion King became the first Broadway show in history to reach one million Facebook fans with 1,001,758 "likes" as of April 16.

For more information about the Broadway history of The Lion King, visit the Playbill Vault.

The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice's music from "The Lion King" animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; 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.

The book was adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed "The Lion King" animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film's screenplay. Other members of the creative team include Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), John Stefaniuk (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor). 

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 musical currently plays Broadway's Minskoff Theatre. For more information visit

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