The Lion King on Tour

Current Theatre & Tickets
Overture Center (Madison, WI)
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
5/10/2016 - 6/5/2016
Running Time
2 Hours and 45 Minutes

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BWW Interview: Tech Talk with Dresser Paula Gilbert
by Frank Benge - May 9, 2016

Anytime you see a tour of a Broadway show, the talent happening right before your eyes is just the tip of the Broadway iceberg. Lurking behind the scenes is a whole crew of insanely gifted folks who also contribute to the spectacle on stage. One of those people is Paula Gilbert, who works here in Austin as a dresser for tours that come to Austin. They are called quick changes for a reason. At most touring shows, there's a crew of dressers running around backstage with a needle and thread in their pockets for last-minute repairs and safety pins clipped to their sleeves. There are ensemble dressers, who attend to a large group of people, holding up pants while chorus members step into them and swiftly shoving shoes onto feet. Then there are star dressers, who only focus on a leading player. We talked to Paula to find out what she does, why she loves it and how she keeps calm and collected when things go seriously wrong. (more...)

Paper Mill Playhouse Announces 2016 Rising Star Award Nominations!
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

As one of the nation's leading regional theaters and producing partners for Broadway, Paper Mill Playhouse has a well-earned reputation for launching both performers and shows for the Great White Way. (more...)

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis' A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Opens 6/3
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis' production of A Midsummer Night's Dream opens at 8 p.m. on Fri., June 3, at Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park. Highlights to this year's production include the creative twist of twins in the role of Puck, original music composed by New York actor-musician Peter Mark Kendall and St. Louis-based The Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra, the unveiling of Schlafly 1616, a beer brewed specifically for the Festival, and a uniquely enthralling set design that features three stories of doors. (more...)

What's Playing on Broadway: May 9-15, 2016
by BWW Special Coverage - May 9, 2016

Below, BroadwayWorld brings you this weekly listing of Broadway shows and their show times for the week of May 9-15, 2016. (more...)

Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/8/16
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

Grosses for all the Broadway shows for the week ending 5/8/2016. (more...)

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 5/9
by BWW Special Coverage - May 9, 2016

Welcome to this week's edition of our new WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS! Read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, for the week ending 5/8/2016. (more...)

Cast Announced for Disney's THE LION KING, Coming to Schuster Center This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

?Casting has been announced for the Dayton engagement of Disney's The Lion King. Dayton's most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap onto the Schuster stage from Tuesday, June 7 to Sunday, July 3. The press opening night is Wednesday, June 8 at 8 p.m.  The show's four-week premiere engagement in 2011 played a sold-out run at the Schuster Center.   (more...)

School of Visual Arts 27th Dusty Awards Red Carpet Event Set for 5/10
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2016

The School of Visual Arts (SVA), celebrates its 27th Dusty Awards on May 10 at the SVA Theatre (333 West 23rd Street)-beginning with a red carpet event from 5:30-6:30pm and culminating with a private awards ceremony, which begins at 6:30pm.? (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: THE LION KING's Chondra Profit Celebrates the Circle of Life with Delete Blood Cancer DKMS
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 7, 2016

Profit also performed 'Circle of Life' from the musical The Lion King in memory of Shannon and those who have lost their battle with blood cancer. BroadwayWorld was on hand to catch her moving performance and speak with Profit herself about the special night. Check out highlights below! (more...)

BWW Interview: Tech Talk with Makeup Artist Kaye Brown
by Frank Benge - May 7, 2016

A make-up artist is an artist whose medium is the human body, applying makeup and prosthetics for theatrical, television and film. One of the busiest in this area is Kaye Brown, who sat down with us to give our readers a backstage look at her incredible art. (more...)

Frankie Grande, Mallory Hagan, and Antoine L. Smith Set to Judge Rising Star Competition on 5/8
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2016

RISE BAR is seeking its next RISING STAR! Hosted by Broadway's Marty Thomas (Xanadu, The Secret Garden, Wicked), the RISING STAR competition begins Sunday March 6! The contestants will be competing in a 10 week elimination style contest for a $1000 cash prize and paid bookings at RISE Bar with their respective solo show. In addition to its cash and prize package, RISING STAR is offering networking opportunities with guest celebrity judges, fantastic exposure and valuable live stage experience. The winner will receive a headshot package by Claire Buffie photography. They will also receive a demo package provided by Yasuhiko Fukuoka. Competition judges Courtney Reed and Jelani Remy also donated generous prize packages from The Lion King And ALADDIN on Broadway.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Ariana Grande and Chondra Profit Perform at 2016 Delete Blood Cancer DKMS Gala
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Delete Blood Cancer DKMS co-founder Katharina Harf hosted the Tenth Annual DKMS Gala last night at Cipriani Wall Street, which raised more than $4.6 million to help fund the registration of lifesaving bone marrow donors across the country. With these funds, DKMS can register more than 71,000 potential bone marrow donors. (more...)

Broadway Weekly Buying Guide, Powered by SeatGeek: May 5, 2016
by BWW Special Coverage - May 5, 2016

Read on to catch up on this past week's trends: April 15-21, 2016. (more...)

Matthew Broderick, Shirley MacLaine to Co-Star in Dramedy TV Series BETTYVILLE
by TV News Desk - May 5, 2016

Academy Award winner Shirley MacLaine and Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick will headline a new dramedy TV series for Paramount Television titled BETTYVILLE. (more...)

Paper Mill Partners with Harmony Show Choir & RockNRoll Chorus for Three-Stop Tour
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

Paper Mill Playhouse will partner with The Harmony Show Choir and the RockNRoll Chorus for a three-stop-only tour, Vocal Ovation, A Show Choir Extravaganza this May. The evening will feature performances by the Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir, The Harmony Show Choir and the RockNRoll Chorus. This is the second year for the Vocal Ovation tour.  Last season, the three ensembles played to sold out crowds in South, Central and North Jersey.  (more...)

Euan Morton, Danny Gardner, Kacie Sheik and More to Lead NEW YORK SPECTACULAR at Radio City
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

BroadwayWorld is excited to confirm principal casting for Madison Square Garden Company's upcoming production of NEW YORK SPECTACULAR STARRING THE RADIO CITY ROCKETTES, presented by Chase, at Radio City Music Hall. (more...)

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Tour Coming to Kennedy Center, 6/28-7/17
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

?The Kennedy Center has announced the full casting for the Washington area premiere of The Bridges of Madison County starring Elizabeth Stanley (On the Town, Million Dollar Quartet) as Francesca and Andrew Samonsky (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, South Pacific) as Robert. (more...)

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Tour Cast Set for Time Out Youth NC in Light of HB2
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Cast members from THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, now playing through Sunday, May 8 at Blumenthal Performing Arts in Charlotte, will be volunteering their time to mentor young members of the LGBT community tomorrow, May 5, 2016 at Time Out Youth NC. (more...)

BWW Interview: 6 Questions & a Plug with A NIGHT IN OLYMPUS' Chan Poling
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - May 18, 2016

Not often are we treated to a brand new musical theatre piece created by three local legends and acted by a dream cast of eight popular local performers. A NIGHT IN OLYMPUS is a rare treat on all counts. We get to hear directly from the creator and composer, Chan Poling, in this 6 Questions & a Plug. (more...)

BWW TV: Meet Nicholas Afoa of London's THE LION KING
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 17, 2016

New cast have joined the London production of Disney's The Lion King this month. Alongside changes in the ensemble cast, Nicholas Afoa has taken on the role of Simba at the Lyceum Theatre.  Meet Nicolas Afoa in the video below! (more...)

ABC Exec Tells BroadwayWorld: Live Musical Event 'Currently in Development'
by TV News Desk - May 17, 2016

This morning BroadwayWorld participated in a media conference call with ABC president Channing Dungey regarding the network's just-announced 2016-17 programming slate. (more...)

Michael Thomas Grant, Daniel Amerman & More Set for NMI's Staged Reading of New Rock Musical INVISIBLE
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

New Musicals Inc. (in cooperation with 3-D Theatricals) is thrilled to announce the cast for the upcoming staged reading of the new musical Invisible, with book by David Hollingsworth and lyrics and music by David Orris. (more...)

SHINING CITY, Starring Matthew Broderick, Starts Tonight at Irish Rep
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

A friendly reminder! Previews begin tonight for Irish Repertory Theatre's production of Conor McPherson's acclaimed play SHINING CITY, starring two-time Tony Award-winner Matthew Broderick. Directed by Ciaran O'Reilly, SHINING CITY also features Billy Carter (The Weir, Port Authority), Lisa Dwan (the acclaimed Beckett Trilogy), and James Russell (Port Authority, Juno and the Paycock). (more...)

STAGE TUBE: A Whole New World! Watch ALADDIN's Set Rise at London's Prince Edward Theatre
by Stage Tube - May 17, 2016

Disney Theatrical Productions' West End premiere of ALADDIN, based on the classic Academy Award-winning animated film, opens at the Prince Edward Theatre on Wednesday 15 June 2016, with previews from Friday 27 May. In anticipation of its first performance, the production has unveiled a new timelapse video showing the building of the set - check it out below! (more...)

The Lyric Theatre Singers to Return to Concordia University with 'RAISE YOUR VOICE!' Revue
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

?The Lyric Theatre Singers return to Concordia University's DB Clarke Theatre June 16, 17 and 18 with 4 presentations of Raise Your Voice! A Glorious Broadway Revue. (more...)

Philly POPS to Present First Major Memorial Day Concert
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

On Memorial Day weekend, the POPS and the Mann Center for the Performing Arts will present Memorial Salute, Philadelphia's first major Memorial Day concert. (more...)

iTheatrics to Launch First Junior Theater Festival West in Sacramento, 2/10-12
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

iTheatrics, the Junior Theater Group and the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) will collaborate on the first-ever Junior Theater Festival West (JTF West), February 10-12, 2017 in Sacramento, CA (#JTFWest), it was announced today by Timothy Allen McDonald, founding chairman of iTheatrics and the Junior Theater Group and Julie Theobald, EdTA Executive Director.   (more...)

BWW TV: Nicholas Afoa Of THE LION KING
by Carrie Dunn - May 16, 2016

Nicholas Afoa made his stage debut as Simba in the Australian production of The Lion King in 2013 and played Simba in the Sydney production of the landmark musical between 2013 and 2016 performing more than 860 times over that period. The opportunity to play the role in the West End production will bring Afoa to London for the first time, as he embarks on his second professional theatre engagement. (more...)

What's Playing on Broadway: May 16-22, 2016
by BWW Special Coverage - May 16, 2016

Below, BroadwayWorld brings you this weekly listing of Broadway shows and their show times for the week of May 16-22, 2016. (more...)

Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/15/16
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Grosses for all the Broadway shows for the week ending 5/15/2016. (more...)

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 5/16
by BWW Special Coverage - May 16, 2016

Welcome to this week's edition of our new WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS! Read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, for the week ending 5/15/2016. (more...)

Ben Jeffrey of Broadway's ALADDIN to Perform Benefit Concert for Gateway Center, 6/10
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Ben Jeffrey, Broadway star of The Lion King and Aladdin, will perform a one-night-only concert to benefit Gateway Center for Performing Arts on Friday, June 10th at 6:30 pm.  Jeffrey, who is a Guest Artist in GCPA's Summer Master Class Series, will perform family friendly repertoire and be joined onstage by special guests, including performers from the casts of Aladdin KIDS!, GCPA's summer production for Grades K-4th.  The performance will be at the Emerson Theatre at Harris Stowe. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children (children age 2 and under who can sit on the lap of an adult may attend the concert for free). Ticket price includes a meet-and-greet after the performance and are available at: (more...)

BWW Review: The Spectacle of THE LION KING
by Amanda Finn - May 16, 2016

Disney's The Lion King has dominated the stage for almost 20 years and audiences still flock to the theatre whenever the show migrates into a new city -- or even an old city as the show makes its return to Overture Center. (more...)

THE COLOR PURPLE to Welcome Gayle King, Michael Riedel & More for Series of Talkbacks Next Week
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

THE COLOR PURPLE will be hosting a special talk back series with cast members following four select performances, Tuesday, May 17 through Thursday, May 19. (more...)

TUCK EVERLASTING's Tim Federle to Host The Roger Rees Awards; Chita Rivera to Present!
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

The Broadway Education Alliance has just announced that Tim Federle, co-book writer of TUCK EVERLASTING, will host The Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance (formerly the Gershwin Awards), which will be held on Sunday, May 22 at The Beacon High School in Manhattan. (more...)

Cast Announced for Fiddlehead's SHOW BOAT at Shubert Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Meg Fofonoff and Stacey Stephens, Producing Artistic Directors of Fiddlehead Theatre Company, announced today the cast of Show Boat, the company's first production in partnership with the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont Street, Boston. Show Boat will run for twelve performances from June 22-July 3, 2016. Co-Directed by Fofonoff and Stephens, Show Boat will feature a cast of 50 starring seasoned international and off-Broadway performers including Kim Corbett (West Side Story, Les Miserables) as Magnolia Hawks, Jeremiah James (The Fantasticks) as Gaylord Ravenal, Lindsay Roberts (The Gershwins' Porgy And Bess) as Queenie, and Brian Kinnard (Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story) as Joe. Show Boat is Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's epic of life on the Mississippi River with some of the most beautiful and influential music ever written for the stage including 'Ol'Man River,' 'Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man' and 'Bill.' Show Boat will be choreographed by Wendy Hall, with a 27-piece live orchestra under the direction of Charles Peltz. (more...)

The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences to Present THE VELVETEEN RABBIT
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

A joyous testament to the eternal power of a child's imagination, The Velveteen Rabbit springs to life July 8 through August 14, continuing The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences' 2016 season. A musical adaptation of the classic Margery Williams' tale, with music by composer Jimmy Roberts (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change), book and lyrics by James Still, and direction and choreography by Amanda Tanguay (Pinocchio at The Marriott Theatre), The Velveteen Rabbit fuses the power of childhood play and fancy with the timeless need for unconditional love. Followed by a special Q&A session with the cast, The Velveteen Rabbit is sure to captivate audiences of all ages. (more...)

VIDEO: A Backstage Q&A Session With HAMILTON's Renee Elise Goldsberry
by Michael Dale - May 13, 2016

The first-time Tony Award nominee has been an in-demand actor since making her Broadway debut in The Lion King. (more...)

Andrew Rannells, James Lecesne, Ravi Coltrane and More Coming to Birdland This June
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its June 2016 schedule, featuring: Bill Charlap Trio, Maria Schneider Orchestra, Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Mike Stern and Bill Evans Quartet, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ravi Coltrane, ShowBiz After Hours with Frank DiLella, Birdland Big Band, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and more. (more...)

2016 Ben Vereen Award Nominees Announced; Ceremony Set for May 29
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Broadway/San Diego has announced the 2016 San Diego nominees in the categories of Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Musical Production, for the Ben Vereen Awards, sponsored by San Diego County Credit Union taking place on Sunday, May 29th at the historic Balboa Theatre, and is hosted by CBS News 8 anchor Marcella Lee. (more...)

Comedy Duo Cheech & Chong to Make Treasure Island Debut, 6/24
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

 Reunited stoner-hippie comedy duo Cheech & Chong bring their hilariously irreverent satire to Treasure Island June 24 at 9 p.m. (more...)

20 FEET FROM STARDOM Documentary to Screen at Boulder Theater
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

20 FEET FROM STARDOM will screen at the Boulder Theater on June 3rd, 2016. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Broadway's Tuck Everlasting just announced that Andrew Keenan-Bolger, who currently stars as 'Jesse Tuck' in the new musical, will host The Shubert Foundation and Music Theatre International's 11th Annual Broadway Junior Student Finale, which will take place at the Imperial Theatre (249 W. 45th St.) on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 10:30 AM. (more...)

Broadway Weekly Buying Guide, Powered by SeatGeek: May 12, 2016
by BWW Special Coverage - May 12, 2016

Read on to catch up on this past week's trends: May 6-12, 2016. (more...)

THE PRIDE PROJECT Miniseries to Showcase Poetry by KINKY BOOTS' Timothy Ware
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

Accidental Pictures is proud to introduce an online poetry miniseries entitled THE PRIDE PROJECT. They will release seven poems every Monday for seven consecutive weeks from May 16th- June 27th, 2016 on Facebook and YouTube. These poems, written by Timothy Ware (Broadway's KINKY BOOTS), are performed by 10 American actors of African, Latin, Asian, and European descent. (more...)

2016 Popejoy Awards Winners Are Announced!
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

Popejoy Hall is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Popejoy Awards, held at Popejoy Hall on Sunday, May 8. The Popejoy Awards celebrates the best of high school musical theater productions and performances throughout New Mexico. Affiliated with the National High School Musical Theater Awards, this event awards state high school drama programs. Production awards were determined solely by adjudicated scores. Acting awards were determined by a combination of adjudicated scores and live judging at the Awards show performance.    (more...)

Photo Coverage: Heather Headley Takes Opening Night Bows in THE COLOR PURPLE!
by Walter McBride - May 11, 2016

Beginning last night, Tony and Grammy Award winner Heather Headley stepped into the role of 'Shug Avery' in John Doyle's critically acclaimed production of the Broadway musical, The Color Purple. This is Ms. Headley's first appearance on Broadway since winning the 2000 Tony Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her performance in Aida. BroadwayWorld is taking you inside her opening night bows below! (more...)

Elena Shaddow, Jason Gotay, PJ Benjamin, Kevin Cahoon & More Join The Muny's 98th Season!
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

Following its initial casting announcement in April, The Muny announced today additional principal cast members for its spectacular 98th season. The 2016 Muny season opens with The Wizard of Oz followed by 42nd Street and The Music Man. The season includes the premieres of the popular Mel Brooks comedy, Young Frankenstein and world-wide megahit, Mamma Mia!, and closes with Fiddler on the Roof and Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida. (more...)

Heather Headley Returns to Broadway as THE COLOR PURPLE's 'Shug Avery' Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

Beginning performances tonight, May 10, Tony and Grammy Award winner HEATHER HEADLEY will assume the role of 'Shug Avery' in John Doyle's critically acclaimed production of the Broadway musical, The Color Purple. (more...)

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