Jay Rifkin News

THE LION KING Tour Begins Performances Tomorrow in Atlanta
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

The Atlanta return of Disney's THE LION KING opens tomorrow, Saturday, April 12 at 8 p.m. at the Fox Theatre for a limited three-week engagement through Sunday, April 27. In Atlanta, THE LION KING plays Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m. as well as matinees on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. A special weekday matinee will take place on Thursday, April 17 at 2:00 p.m. "While sales have exceeded our expectations, tickets can still be purchased and patrons are encouraged to contact the Fox Theatre Box Office to inquire about the best availability," said Russ Belin, Vice President of Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta. (more...)

Disney's THE LION KING Plays Fox Theatre for First Time, Now thru 4/27
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

Atlanta's most eagerly awaited return will leap onto the Fox Theatre stage for the first time today, April 10, 2014 for a limited engagement of three weeks through April 27, 2014. Preview performances are Thursday, April 10, Friday, April 11 and the matinee performance on Saturday, April 12 with the official opening night performance on Saturday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

THE LION KING North American Tour Sells Out Seattle Engagement
by BWW News Desk - Apr 08, 2014

Disney's THE LION KING continues to reign across North America with a sold-out engagement in Seattle, which concluded on Sunday, April 6 at The Paramount Theatre. The triumphant four-week return grossed more than $6.7 million at the box office and entertained more than 90,000 patrons during 32 performances. The award-winning musical returned to Seattle following a seven-week sold-out premiere in 2005 and a successful five-week return in 2009 at The Paramount Theatre. (more...)

Tickets to THE LION KING at QPAC On Sale 4 April
by BWW News Desk - Apr 03, 2014

Queenslanders will be roaring to the box office this Friday 4 April as tickets go on sale for Brisbane's first ever season of THE LION KING. (more...)

Esteban Oliver to Join Broadway's THE LION KING as 'Zazu' Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2014

Broadway's landmark musical event THE LION KING, the fourth longest-running show in Broadway history, is pleased to welcome ESTEBAN OLIVER as Zazu, beginning performances tomorrow, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (more...)

Nick Afoa, Josslyn Hlenti & More Set for THE LION KING in Brisbane, Begin. 9/26
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2014

Today, Thomas Schumacher, president and producer, Disney Theatrical Productions, travelled to Brisbane to announce that Disney's landmark musical event THE LION KING will come to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) from September 26, 2014 (more...)

Breaking News: LION KING Casting Announced!
by Alan Henry - Mar 24, 2014

Casting has been announced for the Toronto engagement of Disney's THE LION KING. Toronto's most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap onto the Princess of Wales Theatre stage from Wednesday April 30 to Sunday June 15. The award-winning musical premiered in Toronto in April 2000 at the Princess of Wales Theatre where it played 1,560 performances through January 2004 and returned in 2011 for an eight-week sold-out engagement. (more...)

Disney's THE LION KING to Hold Open Auditions for 'Cub School' Program, 16 March
by BWW News Desk - Mar 04, 2014

Open auditions are to be held for 'Cub School' - the programme where children who have the potential to play Young Simba and Young Nala in Disney's musical THE LION KING have the opportunity to hone the skills required to take on these challenging roles. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Broadway-Bound Idina Menzel Visits THE LION KING!
by Walter McBride - Jan 13, 2014

Just last night, Idina Menzel, who will return to Broadway on March 30 in IF/THEN, stopped by the Minskoff Theatre to see THE LION KING. BroadwayWorld was there and you can check out photos of her backstage with the cast below! (more...)

THE LION KING Comes to Sydney this Week
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2013

Our homegrown production of director Julie Taymor's vision features the most multicultural cast of any Australian-produced stage musical to date. (more...)

THE LION KING Becomes Broadway's Fourth Longest-Running Show
by BWW News Desk - Dec 02, 2013

Disney's landmark musical event, THE LION KING, played its 6,681st performance on Saturday evening, November 30th, surpassing the original Broadway production ofLes Miserables (6,680 performances) to become the fourth longest-running show in Broadway history. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Pantages Brings Back Ever Reliably Appealing LION KING for the Holiday Season
by Don Grigware - Nov 25, 2013

The Lion King/book by Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi/music & lyrics by Elton John & Tim Rice/additional music & lyrics by Hans Zimmer, Lebo M. Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, and Julie Taymor/directed by Julie Taymor/Pantages Theatre/through January 12, 2014 (more...)

Disney's THE LION KING Plays Holidays at Hollywood Pantages, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2013

The Los Angeles return of Disney's THE LION KING opens tonight, Friday, November 22, 2013 at 8pm at the Hollywood Pantages for a limited eight-week engagement through January 12, 2014. Hollywood Pantages General Manager Martin Wiviott says "The Circle of Life is once again complete as THE LION KING returns to its Los Angeles home. From its initial debut here in 2000 until now, the excitement and enthusiasm for this spectacular stage production hasn't diminished, but has instead grown by leaps (of the gazelles) and bounds. All of us here at the Hollywood Pantages look forward to a holiday season full of good cheer and great theatre. Welcome home, Lion King!" (more...)

Disney's THE LION KING Plays to Over 80,000 Audience Members During ASU Gammage Run
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2013

Disney's THE LION KING celebrated its third smash engagement in Tempe, which concluded on Sunday, November 17 at ASU Gammage. The triumphant four-week return entertained more than 80,000 patrons during 32 performances. The majority of theater-goers were Valley residents but also included ticket buyers from all over the Southwest and even Mexico. (more...)

Disney's THE LION KING to Play Fox Theatre for First Time, 4/10-27
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2013

Disney Theatrical Productions and Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta announced today that tickets for the long-awaited return engagement of Disney's THE LION KING will go on sale to the public on Sunday, December 8 at 10:00 a.m. Atlanta's most eagerly awaited return will leap onto the Fox Theatre stage for the first time on April 10, 2014 for a limited engagement of three weeks through April 27, 2014. Preview performances are Thursday, April 10, Friday, April 11 and the matinee performance on Saturday, April 12 with the official opening night performance on Saturday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

THE LION KING to Celebrate 16th Anniversary on Broadway, Nov 13
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2013

As the 2013 calendar year comes to a close, Disney's landmark musical event, THE LION KING, celebrates several milestones around the globe. (more...)

THE LION KING National Tour Opens at ASU Gammage Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2013

The Tempe return of Disney's THE LION KING opens tonight, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. at ASU Gammage for a limited engagement of four weeks through November 17. In Tempe, THE LION KING plays Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Saturday matinees at 2:00 p.m., and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. "We are thrilled to have THE LION KING back in Tempe," said Colleen Jennings Roggensack, Executive Director of ASU Gammage. "There are still wonderful seats available, so be sure not to miss this show and create lasting memories with your family." (more...)

THE LION KING Sells Out Dallas Engagement
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2013

Disney's THE LION KING continues to reign across North America with a sold-out engagement in Dallas, which concluded on Sunday, October 20 at The Music Hall at Fair Park. The triumphant three-week return grossed over $4.9 million at the box office and entertained more than 79,000 patrons during 24 performances. The award-winning musical returned to Dallas following a six-week sold-out premiere in 2002 and a successful five-week return in 2007 at The Music Hall. (more...)

Disney's THE LION KING to Return to Hollywood Pantages for Extended Run, 11/20-1/12
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2013

Casting has been announced for the Los Angeles return engagement of Disney's THE LION KING. Los Angeles' most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap onto the Hollywood Pantages stage from November 20, 2013 - January 12, 2014. The press opening night is Friday, November 22 at 8pm. The landmark musical will return to Los Angeles for the first time since its triumphant return engagement in November 2006, where the production played a sold-out run at Hollywood Pantages. (more...)

THE LION KING North American Tour Celebrates Sold-Out Engagement in Pittsburgh
by BWW News Desk - Oct 01, 2013

Disney's THE LION KING continues to reign across North America with a sold-out engagement in Pittsburgh, which concluded on Sunday, September 29 at the Benedum Center. The triumphant four-week return grossed over $6.4 million at the box office and entertained more than 85,000 patrons during 32 performances (one of which was tailored to the needs of patrons on the autism spectrum). This was THE LION KING's third sold-out engagement in Pittsburgh, following a six-week premiere in 2004 and a six-week run in 2008 at the Benedum Center. (more...)

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