Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

VIDEO: Heather Headley Sings 'Shadowland' in Honor of THE LION KING's 25th Anniversary

The Lion King celebrated their 25th anniversary last night at the Minskoff Theatre.

This morning Heather Headley took to Instagram to share a clip of her singing 'Shadowland' in honor of the 25th anniversary of The Lion King. Heather Headley originated the role of Nala in The Lion King, which celebrated their anniversary last night at the Minskoff Theatre with performances benefitting the Entertainment Community Fund.

Celebrating 25 landmark years on Broadway, The Lion King continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), The Lion King has made theatrical history with two productions worldwide running 15 or more years and two others running 20 or more years.

The Lion King won six 1998 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical. The Lion King has also earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design.

The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice's songs 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, Julie 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 resulting sound of The Lion King is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award®-winning song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" to Lebo M's rich choral numbers.

BroadwayWorld Shop
Shop BroadwayWorld

Shop this season's new musicals! Get dressed up for a night at the theatre, or just a night at home, with merch from some of Broadway's biggest hits including SOME LIKE IT HOT, KIMBERLY AKIMBO, and more!

Start Shopping


Related Stories
THE LION KING Sets New Record For Highest-Grossing Week Photo
The Lion King has set a new record for the highest-grossing week in Broadway history with his holiday week gross of $4,315,264. The production played to 99% capacity in the week ending on January 1, 2023.

Video: THE LION KING Performs Spanish-Language Can You Feel the Love Tonight? Photo
The Lion King's 25th Anniversary on Broadway continues its celebration, globally with this all-new video of 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight' performed in Spanish, featuring Pearl Khwezi, who stars as Nala in the Broadway production, and Agustín Argüello, who stars as Simba in the Madrid production. 

VIDEO: THE LION KING Fans Get Special Broadway Surprise Photo
Three generations of one family sat down to discuss the influence that the Lion King has had on them in a new Good Morning America segment. After they discussed their mutual love of the show, they were greeted by Broadway's Mufasa, L. Steven Taylor, who surprised them tickets to the show that night. Watch the new video now!


From This Author - Team BWW


Matthew Shepard Foundation and Tectonic Theater Project Respond to Kansas School Board's Removal of THE LARAMIE PROJECTMatthew Shepard Foundation and Tectonic Theater Project Respond to Kansas School Board's Removal of THE LARAMIE PROJECT
February 6, 2023

Students of the Senior English Composition class at Kansas' Lansing High School will go without their 'Social Justice Expository Unit' following a recent vote made by the Lansing Board of Education.

Hennepin Theatre Trust Teases 2023/24 Season; Can You Guess The Shows?Hennepin Theatre Trust Teases 2023/24 Season; Can You Guess The Shows?
February 6, 2023

Hennepin Theatre Trust, which hosts the Broadway Across America touring season in Minneapolis, has released 5 clues to tease the first show in its upcoming 2023/2024 season.

Broadway Buying Guide: February 6, 2023Broadway Buying Guide: February 6, 2023
February 6, 2023

Looking for the best deals on Broadway shows? Welcome to our new weekly guide to the most popular shows listed on BroadwayWorld. Check out which shows are selling this week, February 6, 2023.

Play BroadwayWorld's Daily Word Game - 2/6/2023Play BroadwayWorld's Daily Word Game - 2/6/2023
February 6, 2023

Today's BroadwayWorld Daily Word Game is now live - can you guess today's word or phrase? The solution can be any theatre related word or phrase - a show title, performer, recognizable lyrical phrase, and more.

INTO THE WOODS Wins GRAMMY Award for Best Musical Theater AlbumINTO THE WOODS Wins GRAMMY Award for Best Musical Theater Album
February 5, 2023

Tonight, February 5, the 65th GRAMMY Awards air on CBS, and of the 86 categories, Broadway fans care about just one- Best Musical Theater Album. Lucky for us, the winner has been announced ahead of the broadcast, as a part of the Premiere Ceremony hosted by Randy Rainbow. Listen to the Grammy-winning album now!