The Lion King Broadway show is a musical adaptation of the 1994 Lion King Disney animated film of the same name. The musical show is associated with music artists such as Elton John (music), Tim Rice (lyrics), Hans Zimmer (musical score creator), Lebo M. (Choral arrangements) and Julie Taymor (show director). Produced by Disney Theatrical, the musical show features various actors all dressed in animal costumes including the hollow puppets and the giants.
The show’s official debut was dated back on July 8, 1997 at the Orpheum Theater, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, it happened to be a very successful debut before their premiering at the New Amsterdam Theater on October 15, 1997 and the official launching of the show on November 13, 1997.
To make way for the Mary Poppins musical version, they moved to perform at the Minskoff Theater on June 13, 2006. The Lion King Broadway show ranked as the fourth longest-running Broadway show in the history, it is also the highest-selling Broadway show of all time with ticket sales amounted to $1 billion.
On October 19, 1999, the show moved to perform at the West End’s Lyceum Theater and is still operating until recent time. In September 2014, the Lion King Broadway became the highest-earning title in the box-office for both films and stage performances.
In comparison to the Lion King film, the Lion King musical show took major changes and additions to the storyline. In fact, there are various new scenes added in the show, including a serious conversation between Zazu and Mufasa about parenting, and a dangerous scene in which Tom discovers himself drowning in water while Simba seems powerless to take him out of the perilous situation.
The animals portrayed in the musical show are backed up with actors in costumes bringing with them some extra tools to freely move their animal costumes.
The Lion King is one of the Disney’s most famous cartoon creations that took another highlighted spot in the Broadway entertainment.