Grand Rapids, MI (September
3, 2019) – Disney
Theatrical Productions and Broadway Grand Rapids are thrilled to announce that tickets for the long-awaited premiere engagement
of Disney’s The Lion King go on sale to the public Thursday, September 5. The Lion King will leap onto DeVos Hall’s stage on Wednesday, November
20 for a two-week engagement through
Sunday, December 1.
at 10 am, tickets will be available
in-person at DeVos Place Grand Gallery Box Office and online at www.broadwaygrandrapids.com. Beginning at 1 pm on September 5, tickets
can also be purchased at the Broadway Grand Rapids Box office or by
phone at 616-235-6285, pending availability. VIP Ticket Packages,
which include a prime seat location, a commemorative souvenir program and an
exclusive merchandise item, are also available. Groups of 10 or more may reserve seating by calling 616-235-6285.
buyers are reminded that the outlets listed above are the only official retail
ticket outlets for all performances. Ticket buyers who purchase tickets
from a ticket broker or any third party should be aware that DeVos Hall is unable to reprint or replace lost or stolen
tickets and is unable to contact patrons with information regarding time
changes or other pertinent updates regarding the performance.
The North American touring
productions of The Lion King have been seen by more than 20
million theatergoers. Having already
played more than 80 cities across North America, The Lion King now proudly makes its premiere in Grand
ABOUT THE LION KING
21 landmark years on Broadway, The Lion King continues
ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since
its premiere on November 13, 1997, 25 global productions have been seen by more
than 100 million people. Produced by
Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), The
Lion King has made theatrical history with six productions worldwide
running 15 or more years. Performed in nine different languages (English,
Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese),
productions of The Lion King can currently be seen on Broadway;
London’s West End; Hamburg; Tokyo; Madrid; on tour across Japan and North
America, with a separate production touring internationally, for a total of
eight productions running concurrently across the globe.
Having played over 100 cities in
20 countries on every continent except Antarctica, The Lion King’s
worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment
title in box office history.
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 show’s director, costume
designer and mask co-designer Julie Taymor continues to play an integral part
in the show’s ongoing success. The first woman to win a Tony Award for
Direction of a Musical, Taymor continues to supervise new productions of the
show around the world.
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.
The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed
the animated The Lion King feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the
film’s screenplay. Other members of the creative team include:
Michael Curry, who designed the masks and puppets with Taymor, Steve Canyon
Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), John Stefaniuk
(associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael
(music supervisor) and Doc Zorthian (production supervisor). Anne Quart
serves as co-producer.
For more information, visit LionKing.com,