The Lion King of Broadway 25th Anniversary Show to benefit the Entertainment Community Fund

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Broadway 25th Anniversary Show The Lion King benefiting the Entertainment Community Fund

Proceeds from select tickets to the hit Broadway musical will go to charity.

Brandon A. McCall as Simba and Company The Lion King
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A number of tickets to Broadway’s upcoming 25th anniversary show The Lion King will benefit the Entertainment Community Fund (formerly the Actors Fund). The organization serves the needs of those working in the entertainment and performing arts industry. The Lion KingThe 25th anniversary show will take place on November 13 at Minskoff Theater.

“We are honored to celebrate 25 years of The Lion King on Broadway with everyone at the Minskoff Theater and Disney Theatrical,” said Entertainment Community Fund President and CEO Joe Benincasa. “Since opening in 1997, they have always been incredible supporters of the Fund and the work we do to care for our community. We can’t wait to share the excitement of November 13!

The Tony-winning musical officially opened on November 13, 1997, at the New Amsterdam Theater, then moved to the Minskoff Theater in June 2006. It still plays there to this day. There were 28 international tours and productions over the show’s run, seen by 110 million people. Currently, 115,000 people enjoy the show in nine productions on three continents each week.

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Director, costume designer and co-creator of masks Julie Taylor, the first woman to win a Best Musical Director Tony, remains actively involved with the show, launching new productions and now the flagship Broadway production. Composer Lebo M and Tony-winning choreographer Garth Fagan hold their own records: With The Lion King with over 9,700 Main Stem performances, they are the longest-serving black composer and choreographer in Broadway history.

Many of the artists and artisans who started the show are still an integral part of it. Lindiwe Dlamini has starred in the musical since its first pre-Broadway premiere in Minneapolis in the summer of 1997. Seven musicians have been in the orchestra pit since it opened on Broadway, including Karl Jürmanmusical director since 2005. A total of 16 original staff continue their work on and off stage.

Produced by Disney theatrical productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), the world crude of The Lion King musical surpasses that of any movie, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.

The Lion King won six Tony Awards in 1998: 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 international hit musical has also won over 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 of the Year and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design.

The Broadway Score Presents Elton John and Tim Ricethe songs of The Lion King animated film, as well as three new songs by the duo. There is also additional musical material from Lebo M, Marc Mancina, Jay RifkinsJulie Taylor and Hans Zimmer. It also inspired an album: Rhythm of the Pride Lands, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer.

The book was adapted by Roger Gowho co-directed the animation The Lion King function, and Irene Mecchiwho co-wrote the screenplay for the film.

The Broadway cast is currently led by Stephane Carlile as Scar, L. Steven Taylor as Mufasa, Tshidi Manye like Rafiki, Cameron Pow like Zazu, Ben Jeffrey like Pumba, Fred Berman like Timon, Brandon A. McCall like Simba, Khwezi pearl like Nala, and James Brown-Orleans, Bonita J. Hamiltonand Robb Sapp like the Bonzai, Shenzi, and Ed hyenas, respectively. Mariama Diop and Evie Winter Lee substitute as young Nala, and Donovan Louis Bazemore and Jayden Theophile alternate as young Simba.

Other members of the creative team include Michael Curry (who designed the masks and puppets with Taymor), as well as sound designer Steve CanyonKennedyhairdresser and makeup artist Michael WardAssociate Director Jean Stefaniukassociate choreographer Marey Griffithmusic supervisor Clement Ishmaeland production supervisor Doc Zorthian. Anne Quart serves as co-producer.

Tickets are available for The Lion KingRepresentation of the 25th anniversary of November 13 by click here.

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