After New York, Las Vegas, West End, Hamburg, Tokyo and Singapore, THE LION KING will officially open at the Teatro Lope De Vega in Madrid on October 21st, 2011 in its first Spanish production. It will be produced by Disney Theatricals and Stage Entertainment. Today, March 2, Thomas Schumacher and Julia Gómez Cora presented the project to the press at Teatro Real in Madrid and BroadwayWorld was was on hand for a performance preview. Photo coverage appears below!
At the event, Brown Lindiwe Mkhize, who plays Rafiki in the West End production, performed 'Circle of Life,' while and Andile Gumbi, the West End's Simba, and Jessica Mears, Hamburg's Nala, performed 'Can You Feel The Love Tonight' in Spanish.
THE LION KING began as a 1994 animated feature-length film developed and produced by the Walt Disney Company. On stage, Director Julie Taymor's creative vision blends elements of African art and Broadway artisanship to depict anthropomorphic animal characters. The story, a coming of age parable set among animals indigenous to its setting, the African savanna, tells the tale of Simba, the lion cub who rises to be the King of the jungle.
THE LION KING has been seen by more than 55 million people in 13 different countries and has been translated into five different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch).