Experience Disney’s “The Lion King” at Bass Concert Hall, April 7-24, 2022

by Disney THE LION KINGwhich is part of Texas Performing Arts’ 2021-2022 Broadway season in Austin, performs on the Bass Concert Hall stage beginning April 7 for a limited engagement through April 24, 2022.

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), by the end of 2021 there will be ten productions of THE LION KING around the world, including Broadway, London, Paris, Hamburg, Tokyo, Madrid, touring across North America, Japan and the UK and Ireland, with a separate production touring internationally. 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 1998 Tony Awards®: 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 over 70 major artistic 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 The 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 Oscar®– winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” with 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.

For more worldwide news, visit LionKing.com, Facebook and Instagram.

Austin’s Engagement by Disney THE LION KING is presented by arrangement with Texas Performing Arts and is a subscription offering to the Broadway in Austin series.

In Austin, Disney’s THE LION KING will play Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. VIP ticket packages, which include prime seating, a souvenir program and an exclusive cinch bag, are also available. To bill tickets, call (512) 477-1444. For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email Austin.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com.

Tickets start at $35. Tickets are available at texasperformingarts.org and BroadwayinAustin.com, by phone at (512) 477-1444, or at the Texas Performing Arts box office in Bass Concert Hall.

Ticket purchasers are reminded that texasperformingarts.org and BroadwayinAustin.com are the only official outlets for all performances at Bass Concert Hall. Ticket purchasers who purchase tickets from a ticket broker or third party should be aware that Texas Performing Arts is unable to reprint or replace lost or stolen tickets and is unable to contact customers with information regarding time changes or other relevant updates regarding the show.

Health and security

“Texas Performing Arts prioritizes the health and safety of its guests, performers and staff. Modifications have been made to venues and protocols developed by University of Texas medical experts in accordance with state laws for public organizations implemented. Health and safety plans include improved air circulation and filtration, increased hall space, contactless ticketing and transactions, increased cleaning and hand sanitizing stations at all venues. Masks are strongly recommended indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Texas Performing Arts is the performing arts presentation program at the University of Texas at Austin and operates campus venues including Bass Concert Hall and the McCullough Theater. It is the home of the Broadway in Austin series, a curated performing arts program and a host of comedy and concert events. In calendar year 2019, Bass Concert Hall had the most ticket sales of any theater in Austin, was No. 2 in the state of Texas, and No. 22 in the world, according to the industry publication Pollstar. Following a nationwide search, Tony Award-winning producer Bob Bursey was named executive director in January 2020.

Broadway Across America (BAA) is part of the John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com, The Broadway Channel, BroadwayBox.com and Group Sales Box Office. Led by 15-time award-winning theater producer John Gore (Owner and CEO), BAA is North America’s leading broadcaster of first-class touring productions, operating in 48 markets with over 400,000 subscribers. Presentations include Disney’s The Lion King, Bad, The Book of Mormon, The Phantom of the Opera and hamilton. Current and past productions include Ain’t too proud, Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, mean girls, Red Mill! and Kill a mockingbird. For more information, please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com. Broadway Across America provides production services for Texas Performing Arts. Exempt from sales tax pursuant to Section 151.3101(a)(3) of the Texas Tax Code.

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