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THE LION KING Sells Out in Salt Lake City, Boosts Local EconomyTHE LION KING Sells Out in Salt Lake City, Boosts Local Economy
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

Disney's The Lion King continues to reign across North America with a sold-out engagement in Salt Lake City, which concluded on Sunday, April 16, at The George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Theater. The triumphant four-week return grossed over $6.2 million at the box office and entertained nearly 75,000 theatergoers during 31 performances.  (more...)

Photo Flash: MODERN FAMILY's Ty Burrell Visits THE LION KING on TourPhoto Flash: MODERN FAMILY's Ty Burrell Visits THE LION KING on Tour
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2017

MODERN FAMILY's Ty Burrell stopped by a recent performance of THE LION KING in Salt Lake City. Fun fact: Burrell was a reader for early casting for the show back in 1997. Scroll down for a photo of him with the cast! (more...)

VIDEO: On This Day, March 30- THE LION KING Plays 1,000 Broadway PerformancesVIDEO: On This Day, March 30- THE LION KING Plays 1,000 Broadway Performances
by Stage Tube - Mar 30, 2017

On this day in 2000, The Lion King,reached its 1,000th performance at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Based on the animated film of the same name,  the show opened on Broadway November 13, 1997 and won the 1998 Tony Award for Best Musical. (more...)

BWW Review: THE LION KING at the Eccles is SpectacularBWW Review: THE LION KING at the Eccles is Spectacular
by Tyler Hinton - Mar 27, 2017

The national tour of Disney's THE LION KING, currently playing at the new Eccles Theater, is filled with visual spectacle and larger-than-life wonder. THE LION KING is more than just a musical.  It is an experience that is not to be missed and unlikely to ever be forgotten. (more...)

Disney's THE LION KING Opens Saturday, March 25 at the Eccles Theater in Salt Lake CityDisney's THE LION KING Opens Saturday, March 25 at the Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

The Salt Lake City return of Disney's The Lion King opens tomorrow, Saturday, March 25 at 8:00pm at the Eccles Theater for, a limited engagement of four weeks through Sunday, April 16.  In Salt Lake City,The Lion King will play Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, Sundays at 1:00pm and 6:30pm, along with weekday matinees on Thursday, March 30 and Friday, April 14 at 2:00pm.  "Thus far sales have exceeded our expectations, but patrons are encouraged to contact the box office for best availability," said John Ballard, MagicSpace Entertainment. (more...)

VIDEO: Teacher Uses 3D Printer to Create Masks for School Production of THE LION KINGVIDEO: Teacher Uses 3D Printer to Create Masks for School Production of THE LION KING
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

Teacher Ashley Ricart was recently featured on the YouTube series 'MatterHackers Minute' for using 3D printing in the classroom for a variety of subjects, including creating amazing masks for her school's production of The Lion King. Learn more in the video below! (more...)

Disney's THE LION KING North American Tour Celebrates Record-Breaking Engagement at Providence Performing Arts CenterDisney's THE LION KING North American Tour Celebrates Record-Breaking Engagement at Providence Performing Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

Disney's The Lion King continues to reign across North America with a sold-out record-breaking engagement in Providence, which concluded on Sunday, March 19 at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC).  The triumphant three-week return grossed over $5.3 million at the box office and entertained more than 68,000 theatergoers during 24 performances.  (more...)

Barn Players Kids Now Enrolling For DISNEY'S THE LION KING, KIDS This SummerBarn Players Kids Now Enrolling For DISNEY'S THE LION KING, KIDS This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

???????Attention all parents of kids going into 3rd through 7th grade! "Disney's The Lion King, Kids" will be roaring on stage locally this summer at The Barn Players in Mission, KS! This is an affordably priced summer camp program filled with arts, activity, and fun for your children. (more...)

The 25th Global Production and First International Tour of Disney's THE LION KING will Premiere in Manila March 2018The 25th Global Production and First International Tour of Disney's THE LION KING will Premiere in Manila March 2018
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

Disney Theatrical Productions in association with Michael Cassel Group announces the first international tour of the world's #1 musical, Disney's The Lion King, to premiere in Manila in March 2018 with additional engagements in Singapore, Korea, Taiwan and South Africa. (more...)

Casting Announced for Disney's THE LION KING at the Fabulous Fox TheaterCasting Announced for Disney's THE LION KING at the Fabulous Fox Theater
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

Casting has been announced for the St. Louis engagement of Disney's The Lion King. St. Louis' most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap onto the Fabulous Fox Theatre stage from April 19 to May 7. The press opening night isThursday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

THE LION KING North American Tour Celebrates Sold-Out Return Engagement in Detroit at The Detroit Opera HouseTHE LION KING North American Tour Celebrates Sold-Out Return Engagement in Detroit at The Detroit Opera House
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2017

Disney's The Lion King continues to reign across North America with a sold-out engagement in Detroit, which concluded on Sunday, February 26 at The Detroit Opera House.  The triumphant four-week return grossed over $6.8 million at the box office and entertained more than 84,000 theatergoers during 32 performances.  (more...)

THE LION KING Tour Breaks New Orleans Box Office Record with $7.5 MillionTHE LION KING Tour Breaks New Orleans Box Office Record with $7.5 Million
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

Disney's The Lion King once again set the record for the highest-grossing engagement in New Orleans theatrical history with a gross of $7.5 million. (more...)

Be Prepared! THE LION KING Welcomes New Scar TonightBe Prepared! THE LION KING Welcomes New Scar Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2017

Broadway's award-winning best musical, The Lion King, welcomes Stephen Carlile as Scar beginning performances tonight, Tuesday, January 31st, 2017. Carlile makes his Broadway debut, having originated the role of Scar on the UK tour of The Lion King. (more...)

We Just Can't Wait! THE LION KING Will Celebrate 8000th Performance on BroadwayWe Just Can't Wait! THE LION KING Will Celebrate 8000th Performance on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

THE LION KING, the award-winning best musical, celebrates a milestone achieved by only two other shows in Broadway history with its 8,000th performance on Broadway at this Saturday's matinee, January 21st, 2017, at the Minskoff Theatre (200 West 45th Street). (more...)

BWW Review: THE LION KING Reigns at Saenger TheatreBWW Review: THE LION KING Reigns at Saenger Theatre
by Tara Bennett - Jan 6, 2017

Many throughout the world have seen the iconic story of The Lion King, the 1994 Disney musical animation that has captured the hearts of young and old alike, but to see it on stage is a whole other experience entirely. (more...)

Casting Announced for Disney's THE LION KING at PPACCasting Announced for Disney's THE LION KING at PPAC
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2016

Casting has been announced for the Providence engagement of Disney's THE LION KING. The six-time Tony Award winner triumphantly returns to the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) for a limited three-week engagement, from Tuesday, February 28 to Sunday, March 19, 2017.  (more...)

THE LION KING Celebrates 19th Anniversary on Broadway This SundayTHE LION KING Celebrates 19th Anniversary on Broadway This Sunday
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

Entering its 20th year, THE LION KING continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world.  Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 24 global productions have been seen by more than 85 million people.  Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), THE LION KING is only the second show in history to generate five productions worldwide running 10 or more years.  Translated into eight different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin), productions of THE LION KING can currently be seen on Broadway; London's West End; Hamburg; Tokyo; Madrid; Mexico City; Shanghai; Scheveningen and on tour across North America, for a total of nine productions running concurrently across the globe.  Having played over 100 cities in 20 countries on every continent except Antarctica, THE LION KING's worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.   (more...)

BWW Review: DISNEY'S THE LION KING at San Francisco Orpheum TheatreBWW Review: DISNEY'S THE LION KING at San Francisco Orpheum Theatre
by Linda Hodges - Nov 7, 2016

Disney's The Lion King, in all its magic and majesty, roared into San Francisco's Orpheum Theater and will be here now through December 31. If you're one for keeping a bucket list of must-see things to do and see before you 'exit stage left,' then this show is surely one for the list. Directed and loved into being by Julie Taymor, who infuses her creation with rich multicultural beauty, soul-stirring African harmonies and life-sized almost living, breathing animal puppets, Lion King will capture your heart as it surrounds your senses with magic, wonder, awe and grace. (more...)

BWW Review: THE LION KING at San Francisco Orpheum TheatreBWW Review: THE LION KING at San Francisco Orpheum Theatre
by Linda Hodges - Nov 7, 2016

Disney's The Lion King, in all its magic and majesty, roared into San Francisco's Orpheum Theater and will be here now through December 31. If you're one for keeping a bucket list of must-see things to do and see before you 'exit stage left,' then this show is surely one for the list. Directed and loved into being by Julie Taymor, who infuses her creation with rich multicultural beauty, soul-stirring African harmonies and life-sized almost living, breathing animal puppets, Lion King will capture your heart as it surrounds your senses with magic, wonder, awe and grace. (more...)


by Troy Frisby - Oct 28, 2016

Like a juicy apple before it's riddled with poison or an unexpected feast hosted by a talking candelabra, THE BROADWAY PRINCE PARTY couldn't have been more delicious. (more...)

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