Tickets For Saenger Theatre Premiere Of Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ Go On Sale Friday

NEW ORLEANS – Disney’s The Lion King will leap onto the Saenger Theatre stage for the first time Wednesday, January 4, 2017, for a limited engagement of four weeks through Sunday, January 29, 2017.

         The Lion King is a subscription option of the East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans 2016 – 2017 season.

         Tickets will go on sale to the public Friday, October 14, 2016, at 10:00 a.m., at the Saenger Theatre Box Office, 1111 Canal St., in New Orleans, at www.BroadwayInNewOrleans.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at (800) 982-2787. Group sales are offered for groups of 10 or more and will be available by calling (504) 287-0372. Premium ticket packages, including a prime seat location, commemorative souvenir program and exclusive merchandise item, are also available.

         In New Orleans, The Lion King will play Tuesdays through Sundays with Saturday and Sunday matinee and evening performances. The full schedule can be found here.

         The North American touring productions of The Lion King have been seen by more than 17 million theatergoers and grossed more than $1.2 billion to date. Having already played more than 70 cities across North America, The Lion King makes its New Orleans debut at the Saenger Theatre.

         In its 19th year, The Lion King continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its Broadway premiere on Nov. 13, 1997, 23 global productions have been seen by more than 85 million people. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher, The Lion King is only the second show in history to generate five productions worldwide running 10 or more years. Translated into eight different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese), productions of The Lion King can currently be seen on Broadway; London’s West End; Hamburg; Tokyo; Madrid; Mexico City; Shanghai and on tours across North America, for a total of eight productions running concurrently across the globe. Having played over 100 cities in 20 countries on every continent except Antarctica, The Lion King’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, 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 Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical. The Lion King has also earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Show 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.

         The show’s director, costume designer and mask co-designer Julie Taymor continues to play an integral part in the show’s ongoing success. The first woman to win a Tony Award® for Direction of a Musical, Taymor has supervised new productions of the show around the world in recent years.

         The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from animated film, along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from "Rhythm of the Pride Lands," an album inspired by the original music in the film written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer. The resulting sound of The Lion King is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award®-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” to the haunting ballad “Shadowland.”

         The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed the animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay. Other members of the creative team include Michael Curry, who designed the masks and puppets with Taymor, Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), John Stefaniuk (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor) and Doc Zorthian (production supervisor). Anne Quart serves as associate producer.

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