Lion King San Jose Tickets
Lion King Tickets
The Lion King comes to life in a musical version of the 1994 animated blockbuster film. With an Oscar winning-soundtrack written by Elton John and Tim Rice, the movie tells the story of Simba, a young lion cub, growing up in dangerous times on Pride Rock. The movie's Tony award-winning musical counterpart was released in 1997. It took Broadway by storm with its gorgeous costumes, beautiful songs and heartfelt story. The show is now the fourth longest running musical in Broadway history, and audiences can't get enough of the story of Simba, Mufasa and Scar.
Simba has grown up with his father, Mufasa the king, and his mother, along with his best friend Nala, on beautiful Pride Rock. However, Simba's uncle, Scar, is jealous of Mufasa and will do anything to gain control of the kingdom, including kill his own brother, which he arranges through a stampede. After his father is killed, Simba blames himself and runs away to the jungle, where he grows up with Timon and Pumbaa, a meerkat and a warthog. Meanwhile, everyone at Pride Rock is told that Simba has perished as well. Eventually, Nala finds out that Simba is alive and tells him how bad things are with Scar in charge, and Simba returns to his family and claims his rightful throne.
You can always catch The Lion King on Broadway; the play runs eight shows a week in New York City. However, there is a national touring company of the production that takes the play across the country, from the Lyceum Theatre in London, where it has run for sixteen years, to multiple theatres across the United States, including stops in Chicago, Portland, Tampa, and Costa Mesa. You can also get Lion King tickets to see the musical across the world, with performances in Japan, Australia, Germany and Spain.
The translation from screen to stage required several changes. In the film, Rafiki, the wise old monkey, is a male character, but for the play, the producers swapped Rafiki's gender for female, believing that the production needed more female roles than the movie. Several new songs, such as Morning Report, Shadowland and One By One, were also added to the play. The Lion King garnered several distinguished awards, including the Tony for Best Musical, in addition to five other Tony awards for Lighting, Choreography, Direction, Costume and Design.
The touring production features an all-star cast: Patrick R. Brown portrays the villainous Scar, L. Steven Taylor is the king, Mufasa, and Tshidi Manye plays Rafiki. Other noteworthy cast members include Nick Cordileone as Simba's friend Timon, Ben Lipitz as the warthog Pumbaa, and the talented Jelani Remy as Simba. Nia Holloway plays Simba's lifelong friend, Nala.
The play's script is based on the movie screenplay, originally written by Irene Mecchi, with assistance from Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton. The play's book was adapted by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi for the stage production, with songs written by Elton John and Tim Rice. Julie Taymor directed the original Broadway run, and created the set and costume designs for the play. Hans Zimmer, who scored the original animated film, also provides the score for the Broadway play.
The Lion King is produced by Disney Theatrical, the driving force behind many notable Disney musicals, including Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Newsies and The Jungle Book. The associate producer of The Lion King on Broadway is Robert Elhai, who is also the show's orchestrator.
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