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Irene Mecchi

 
Bio:
Irene Mecci began her association with Disney in March 1992, when she wrote Recycle Rex, an animated short, which won the 1994 Environmental Media Award. Irene is a co-writer of Disney’s animated features The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Hercules. Along with co-author Roger Allers, ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Irene Mecci began her association with Disney in March 1992, when she wrote Recycle Rex, an animated short, which won the 1994 Environmental Media Award. Irene is a co-writer of Disney’s animated features The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Hercules. Along with co-author Roger Allers, ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Motion Picture, 2014]
Author (Teleplay)
 
[US Tour, 2002]
Bookwriter

Writing

Source Material
Bookwriter

Irene Mecchi Biography

Irene Mecci began her association with Disney in March 1992, when she wrote Recycle Rex, an animated short, which won the 1994 Environmental Media Award. Irene is a co-writer of Disney‚Äôs animated features The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Hercules. Along with co-author Roger Allers, she received a 1998 Tony¬ģ nomination for writing the book for The Lion King. Irene wrote the teleplay for ‚ÄúAnnie,‚ÄĚ which aired on ABC. Irene is developing an animated film at Pixar, a television adaptation of Broadway‚Äôs classic musical, Peter Pan and has a production company which is acquiring literary material written for young adults in order to produce a slate of

Irene Mecchi Awards and Nominations

 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1998 - Best Musical Gold Star
Irene Mecchi, The Lion King
 
Tony Awards - 1998 - Best Book of a Musical
Irene Mecchi, The Lion King

Irene Mecchi News

DISNEY'S THE LION KING Single Tickets On-Sale This Friday At Stranahan Theater Photo DISNEY'S THE LION KING Single Tickets On-Sale This Friday At Stranahan Theater
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 28, 2022

Tickets for the long-awaited return engagement of Disney's The Lion King will go on sale to the public on Friday, December 2 at 10 a.m.

Kyle Richardson and More Join the Cast of THE LION KING UK and Ireland Tour Photo Kyle Richardson and More Join the Cast of THE LION KING UK and Ireland Tour
by Stephi Wild - Nov 28, 2022

The UK and Ireland Tour of Disney's The Lion King will welcome 12 new members to its cast of over 50 actors, singers and dancers this winter. The award winning landmark musical is currently playing a season at Manchester Palace until 11 March, where over 300,000 people will experience the show during the only North West dates.

Photos: Go Inside Sir Tim Rice's Caricature Unveiling at Sardi's Photo Photos: Go Inside Sir Tim Rice's Caricature Unveiling at Sardi's
by Bruce Glikas - Nov 16, 2022

See photos of Tony, Oscar, Grammy and Emmy winning lyricist Sir Tim Rice joining the wall of drawings at Sardi’s! 

Video: Elton John Reflects on THE LION KING's Lasting Impact Photo Video: Elton John Reflects on THE LION KING's Lasting Impact
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 15, 2022

Watch Sir Elton John reflect on the enduring magic of THE LION KING in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

Video: THE LION KING Celebrates 25 Years on Broadway Photo Video: THE LION KING Celebrates 25 Years on Broadway
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 14, 2022

The Lion King celebrated its 25th anniversary last night, Sunday, November 13th. Check out video footage from the big night here, featuring a performance from Lebo M, plus the stars taking their bows, and walking the red carpet.

Photos: On the Red Carpet at THE LION KING 25th Anniversary Celebration Photo Photos: On the Red Carpet at THE LION KING 25th Anniversary Celebration
by Bruce Glikas - Nov 14, 2022

The Lion King celebrated its 25th anniversary last night, Sunday, November 13th and BroadwayWorld was there! Check out photos of the stars arriving on the red carpet here!

Bradley Gibson, Isabelle McCalla, Shuler Hensley & James Monroe Iglehart to Lead HERC Photo Bradley Gibson, Isabelle McCalla, Shuler Hensley & James Monroe Iglehart to Lead HERCULES at Paper Mill Playhouse
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 31, 2022

Paper Mill has announced initial casting for the all-new musical production of Disney’s Hercules. See who is in the cast and how to get tickets to Disney's newest stage musical.

The Entertainment Community Fund to be Lead Seller of Select Number of Tickets to THE Photo The Entertainment Community Fund to be Lead Seller of Select Number of Tickets to THE LION KING Anniversary Celebration
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 27, 2022

The Entertainment Community Fund will be the lead seller of a select number of tickets to the upcoming 25th anniversary celebration of The Lion King on Broadway. Now, audiences will have the opportunity to be part of the celebration as this musical theater phenomenon marks its 25 years on Broadway at this special anniversary performance.

Video: Julie Taymor Talks THE LION KING 25th Anniversary and More! Photo Video: Julie Taymor Talks THE LION KING 25th Anniversary and More!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Oct 24, 2022

The Lion King will celebrate its 25th Anniversary on Sunday, November 13th. Julie Taymor sat down with Richard Ridge to discuss the show's impact and more. Check out the full interview in the video here!

Review: THE LION KING at the Eccles Theater is a Feast for the Senses Photo Review: THE LION KING at the Eccles Theater is a Feast for the Senses
by Tyler Hinton - Oct 1, 2022

Read what our critic through of the national tour of THE LION KING at the Eccles Theater is a spectacle like no other--a feast for the senses with eye-popping visuals and immersive music.  It thrills with its groundbreaking application of masks and cultural puppetry techniques, along with its ravishing use of light, shadow, and color. Its drumbeat is the heartbeat of the African savannah.

Irene Mecchi Videos

Video: THE LION KING Celebrates 25 Years on Broadway Videoplay
Video: THE LION KING Celebrates 25 Years on Broadway

by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 14, 2022

The Lion King celebrated its 25th anniversary last night, Sunday, November 13th. Check out video footage from the big night here, featuring a performance from Lebo M, plus the stars taking their bows, and walking the red carpet.

Video: Julie Taymor Talks THE LION KING 25th Anniversary and More! Videoplay
Video: Julie Taymor Talks THE LION KING 25th Anniversary and More!

by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Oct 24, 2022

The Lion King will celebrate its 25th Anniversary on Sunday, November 13th. Julie Taymor sat down with Richard Ridge to discuss the show's impact and more. Check out the full interview in the video here!

BWW TV: THE LION KING Tour Castmates Get Engaged On Stage! Videoplay
BWW TV: THE LION KING Tour Castmates Get Engaged On Stage!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 20, 2019

South African Lion King performer Nhlanhla Ndlovu surprised the entire cast of Disney's The Lion King and his girlfriend, fellow cast member Daniela Cobb, by proposing on stage last night at the Auditorium Theatre in Rochester, NY.

VIDEO: THE LION KING Takes Over King's Cross in Honor of its 20th Anniversary in the  Videoplay
VIDEO: THE LION KING Takes Over King's Cross in Honor of its 20th Anniversary in the West End

by Stage Tube - Oct 19, 2019

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of THE LION KING in London, commuters at King's Cross Underground Station have been able to experience the show up-close, with surprise performances, costumes, masks and puppets from the show on display, giveaways, and more!

VIDEO: First Look At HERCULES Starring Jelani Alladin, Krysta Rodriguez, James Monroe Videoplay
VIDEO: First Look At HERCULES Starring Jelani Alladin, Krysta Rodriguez, James Monroe Iglehart And More!

by Stage Tube - Sep 6, 2019

The Public Theater's Public Works is putting the 'glad' in 'gladiator' with its glorious story of HERCULES! See footage from the show!

VIDEO: THE LION KING Celebrates 100,000,000th Guest Worldwide With Multi-Lingual 'Cir Videoplay
VIDEO: THE LION KING Celebrates 100,000,000th Guest Worldwide With Multi-Lingual 'Circle of Life' Music Video

by Stephi Wild - May 16, 2019

The Lion King - the most successful title in musical theatre history - passes another historic milestone this week, welcoming its 100,000,000th guest worldwide. Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 25 productions have played in 100 cities around the world on every continent except Antarctica.

April 1 - THE LION KING Will Become First Musical to Play Seven Continents- Antarctic Videoplay
April 1 - THE LION KING Will Become First Musical to Play Seven Continents- Antarctic Production Will Open in 2019!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 31, 2018

For the first time, Disney's legendary stage musical, The Lion King, goes where no musical has gone before. The seventh continent. The Lion King has played on every continent except one. Opening on April 1st 2019, in a 2000 seat ice theatre, in Antarctica. Below, watch as the team behind Disney's The Lion King takes you behind the scenes as it plans its most challenging production ever. 

VIDEO: Elton John Surprises THE LION KING with Unannounced Performance of 'Circle of  Videoplay
VIDEO: Elton John Surprises THE LION KING with Unannounced Performance of 'Circle of Life'

by Stage Tube - Nov 6, 2017

Elton John surprised the audience last night at the performance celebrating The Lion King's 20 years on Broadway.

VIDEO: Broderick, Lane & More in Bonus Clips from THE LION KING Signature Edition Videoplay
VIDEO: Broderick, Lane & More in Bonus Clips from THE LION KING Signature Edition

by Caryn Robbins - Aug 25, 2017

Below, check out some great bonus material just released in anticipation of Disney's THE LION KING Signature Edition coming out on Blu-ray next Tuesday, August 29th!

VIDEO: Disney Celebrates World Lion Day with New Music Video of 'Be Prepared' Videoplay
VIDEO: Disney Celebrates World Lion Day with New Music Video of 'Be Prepared'

by Caryn Robbins - Aug 11, 2017

Walt Disney Studios along with David Garibaldi helped celebrate World Lion Day by releasing a special music video of 'Be Prepared' from the upcoming Walt Disney's Signature Collection of THE LION KING.


Irene Mecchi Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Irene Mecchi written?
Irene Mecchi has written 1 shows including The Lion King (Source Material).

What awards has Irene Mecchi been nominated for?
Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for The Lion King and Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Lion King .

What awards has Irene Mecchi won?
Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for The Lion King.