Good Morning America Will Broadcast THE LION KING's 15th Anniversary Celebration Live from the Minskoff Theatre, 11/13; Tickets Available!
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by BWW News Desk
On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Good Morning America will be broadcasting live from the Minskoff Theatre to commemorate the 15th Anniversary of Disney's landmark musical event The Lion King with a special musical performance.
The first 500 guests to arrive at the Minskoff Theatre box office (200 West 45th Street) by 7:00 AM EST will be witness to this free milestone event. Adding to the special performance, guests will enjoy additional program segments being taped as well as have the chance to win special prizes. Light refreshments will be served.
Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. General admission on a first come, first serve basis. To RSVP, visit https://www.facebook.com/TheLionKing/events
Among the most successful titles in entertainment history, The Lion King's worldwide footprint is more remarkable still. With a cumulative gross in excess of $5 billion, the title has already earned more than the biggest hit films in movie history: more than the Lord of the Rings trilogy combined, more than the six Star Wars films combined, and more than Avatar and Titanic, the #1 and #2 highest-grossing films in movie history, combined.
With seven productions currently playing around the world, it will make its South American and Portuguese language debut when it begins performances in Sao Paolo, Brazil in February 2013. With that production, The Lion King's 21 productions will have played in 98 cities in 16 countries on every continent except Antarctica.
The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice's music from The Lion King 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 Lion King 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). Anne Quart serves as associate producer.