The Lion King Celebrates 13 Years on Broadway Nov. 13

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As one Julie Taymor musical prepares to open on Broadway (the eagerly awaited Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark), the Tony-winning Taymor musical The Lion King celebrates 13 years on Broadway Nov. 13 at the Minskoff Theatre.

The Disney musical made its world premiere on July 13, 1997, in Minneapolis at the Orpheum Theatre before officially opening on Broadway Nov. 13, 1997, at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The production moved to the Minskoff Theatre in June 2006.

The musical, which is now the eighth longest-running musical in Broadway history, currently features Gareth Saxe, Alton Fitzgerald White, Tshidi Manye, Cameron Pow, Ben Jeffrey and Fred Berman.

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 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. For more information visit

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