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Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!

Broadway's landmark musical event The Lion King celebrated its 15th Anniversary Sunday evening with a one-night only celebratory performance benefitting The Actors Fund. Virtually the entire creative team, who collectively won six Tony® Awards for their work on the show, reunited for the sold out performance. BroadwayWorld brings you photo coverage from the festivities below!

As it enters its 16th year, The Lion King is in a position unprecedented in the history of Broadway.  Already the highest-grossing and fifth longest-running show in Broadway history, the show is routinely the #1 Broadway show in a given week, a feat previously unimaginable for a show at this stage in its life.  As it celebrates 15 years, the show, far from slowing, has actually strengthened recently; to take but one representative bit of data, 25,000 more tickets were sold in its 15th year than in the 14th and 50,000 more tickets were sold than in the 10th.

Among the most successful titles in entertainment history, its worldwide footprint is more remarkable still.  With a cumulative gross in excess of $5 billion, the title has already earned more than the biggest hit films in movie history: more than the Lord of the Rings trilogy combined, more than the six Star Wars films combined, and more than Avatar and Titanic, the #1 and #2 highest-grossing films in movie history, combined.

With eight productions currently playing around the world, it will make its South American and Portuguese language debut when it begins performances in Sao Paolo, Brazil in February 2013.  With that production, The Lion King's 21 productions will have played in 98 cities in 16 countries on every continent except Antarctica. The Broadway production has played through three Presidential administrations, four mayoral elections, eight New York City team championships and the opening and closing of 536 Broadway shows.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
Julie Taymor and the cast of The Lion King

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
The cast of The Lion King

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
The cast of The Lion King

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
The cast of The Lion King

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
The cast of The Lion King

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
The cast and creative team of The Lion King

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
The cast and creative team of The Lion King

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
Michael Curry

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
Tim Rice

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
David Metzger

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
Tim Rice

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
Michael Ward, Richard Hudson

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
Don Holder

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
Roger Allers, Irene Mecchi

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
Julie Taymor, Elliot Goldenthal

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
Julie Taymor

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
 Mark MancinaGarth Fagan

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
Julie Taymor

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
Lebo M

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
Peter Schneider

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
Jeff Binder

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
Julie Taymor, Thomas Schumacher

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
Peter Schneider, Thomas Schumacher

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
Patrick R. Brown

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
Alton Fitzgerald White

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
Mary Jurman; Karl Jurman

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
Caleb McLaughlin, Bobbi Bordley

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
Andile Gumbi

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
Max Casella

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
Camille M. Brown

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
Tshidi Manye

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!
Chantel Riley

Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway!

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