DISNEY’S THE LION KING at the Century II Concert Hall
The North American Tour by Disney The Lion King celebrated its 20th anniversary on Wednesday, April 27 in Wichita, where the award-winning musical kicks off a two-week return engagement at Century II Concert Hall tonight and plays through Sunday, May 8, 2022.
Since its launch in April 2002 at the Buell Theater in Denver, CO, The Lion King Touring North American productions have given more than 9,000 performances during 227 engagements in 93 cities to audiences of more than 21 million viewers. Few tours in the theater’s history have reached its reach or impact.
“The Allegory of The Lion King is more relevant today than ever, a testament to the extraordinary creative power of Julie Taymor and her remarkable team of collaborators – from the creators and songwriters of the film to the theater artists who brought the story to the stage,” said Thomas Schumacher, President & Producer Disney Theatrical Productions. “The heart of this show is and always has been human – from the stage managers to the musicians to the technical crew and the actors. What I cherish the most is that this simple but poignant story, which touches thousands of people every day in North America, is driven by a small group of dedicated and inspiring people. We salute them.”
“It is deeply humbling and gratifying to know that after 20 spectacular years on tour, The Lion King continues to introduce new audiences to the theater and has a tremendous impact on the communities it plays, both economically and culturally,” said Jack Eldon, Vice President, National Tours and Regional Engagements, Disney Theatrical Productions. “We remain overwhelmed with the enduring response to the show and are immensely grateful to viewers and all of our broadcast partners for their unwavering support. We look forward to sharing this theatrical phenomenon for many more years down the road.”
20th Anniversary Fun Facts
- The tour traveled over 155,000 miles between stops, enough to cover the circumference of the earth more than six times.
- Pride Rock travels approximately 745 feet per show. Over twenty years of touring is 1,050 miles: the distance between New York and Miami.
- Over 17,495,750 bars of music were played by the touring orchestra during the performances.
- Stage managers called over 2,367,510 lighting signals during the tour.
- There have been 48 babies born to tour members while on the road.
- The waterfall Timon falls into is 17 feet per show, or 126,565 feet over the 20 years of the tour. That’s the equivalent of stacking the Empire State Building on top of itself 87 times.
- It takes 5 hours and 10 minutes per show for all the actors to be made up. Over 20 years, that’s more than 38,465 hours of makeup.
- The words “Hakuna Matata” were spoken over 223,000 times while on tour.
Manufacturing characteristics Spencer Plachy like “Scar”, Gerald Ramsey like “Mufasa”, Gugwana Dlamini as “Rafiki”, Nick Cordileone like “Timon”, Jurgen Hooper like “Zazu”, John E. Brady as “Pumbaa,” Darian Sander like “Simba”, Kayla figures as “Nala,” VanDyke Forest like “Banzai”, Martina Sykes like “Shenzi” and Robbie Swift like “Ed.”
The role of “Young Simba” is alternated between Jaylen Lyndon Hunter and Jordan Pendleton and the role of “Young Nala” is alternated between Scarlett London Diviney and Farrah Wilson.
Rounding out the cast are Derek Adams, Kayla Rose Aimable, William John Austin, Iman Yana, Isaiah Bailey, Samantha Lauren Barriento, Eric Bean, Jr., TyNia René Brandon, Layla Brent, Christin Byrdsong, Sasha Caicedo, Thembelihle Cele, Adrianne Chu, Leroy Church, Daniela Cobb, Lyric Danae, Marquis Floyd, Tony Freeman, Mukelisiwe Goba, Marquise Hitchcock, Jane King, Gabisile Manana, Christopher L. McKenzie, Jr., Justin Mensah, Nhlanhla Ndlovu, Aaron Nelson, Sihle Ngema, Jeremy Noel, Sicelo Ntshangase, Sayiga Eugene Peabody, Christopher Sams, T. Shyvonne Stewart, Jennifer Theriot, Courtney Thomas, Diamond Essence White and Sherman Wood.
On The Lion King
After 24 landmark years on Broadway, The Lion King continues its rise as one of the most popular musicals in the world. Since its premiere on November 13, 1997, 25 worldwide productions have been seen by nearly 110 million people. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), The Lion King made theater history with six productions worldwide lasting 15 years or more, including four that lasted 20 years or more.
Performed over its lifetime in nine different languages (English, Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese), productions by The Lion King can currently be seen on Broadway; the West End of London; Paris;
Hamburg; Tokyo; Madrid; touring across North America, Japan and the UK & Ireland, with a separate production touring internationally, for a total of ten productions running simultaneously around the world. Having played in over 100 cities in 21 countries on every continent except Antarctica, The Lion KingThe worldwide grossing of exceeds 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 Taylor), Better Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical. The Lion King also won more than 70 major arts awards, including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Performance 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.
Director of the show, costume designer and co-creator of masks Julie Taylor continues to play a vital role in the show’s continued success. The first woman to win a Tony Award for directing a musical, Taymor oversees new productions of the show around the world.
The Broadway Score Presents Elton John and Tim Ricethe songs of Lion King animated film accompanied by three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South Africa Lebo M, Marc Mancina, Jay Rifkins, Julie Taylor and Hans Zimmer; and the music for “Rhythm of the Pride Lands”, an album inspired by the original film score, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer. The sound resulting from The Lion King is a fusion of popular Western music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” set to rich choral numbers by Lebo M.
Elton John, Lebo M and Hans Zimmer all collaborated on the 2019 version of the film, produced by Julie Taymor and Thomas Schumacher, which was an extraordinary worldwide success.
The book was adapted by Roger Gowho co-directed the animation The Lion King function, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the screenplay for the film. Other members of the creative team include: Michael Currywho designed the masks and puppets with Taymor, Steve CanyonKennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup), Anthony Lyn (Associate Director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor), Doc Zorthian (production supervisor) and Binder Casting/Mark Brandon, CSA (foundry). Anne Quart serves as co-producer.
In Wichita, Lion King will play Tuesday to Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. There will also be a matinee at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 28.
Tickets for Disney’s THE LION KING are available for purchase at the Century II Box Office, online at BroadwayWichita.com by email WichitaTIX@wichita.gov, or by calling 316-303-8100. Savings on group tickets for ages 10 and up are available by contacting Groups@ATGuild.org. Ticket prices for the engagement start from $35. Premium ticket packages, which include preferred seat location, souvenir program and exclusive cinch bag, are also available. For more information worldwide, visit KingLion.com, Facebook and instagram.
The Wichita Engagement by Disney THE LION KING is presented by arrangement with the American Theater Guild and is part of the BROADWAY IS BACK IN WICHITA SERIES. The 2022-2023 BROADWAY IS BACK IN WICHITA SERIES is sponsored by the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview Wichita, BroadwayWichita.com. Please note that Century II Concert Hall, Wichitatix.com, and BroadwayWichita.com are the only official ticket outlets for all performances. You can also call 316-303-8100 ext. 3. Ticket purchasers purchasing tickets from a ticket broker or third party should be aware that Century II Concert Hall is unable to reprint or replace lost or stolen tickets and does not is unable to contact customers with information regarding time changes or other relevant performance updates.
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