Disney Theatrical Productions and Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, on the campus of Missouri State University, are excited to welcome Springfield’s premiere of Disney’s THE LION KING to Hammons Hall on Wednesday, February 27 for a limited two-week engagement through Sunday, March 10.
Ticket buyers are invited to special box office opening festivities on Friday, November 16 at the Hammons Hall Box Office located at 525 S. John Q. Hammons Pkwy beginning at 8 a.m. The first 100 ticket buyers will receive light breakfast refreshments (first-come, first-served and while supplies last) and a free Lion King merchandise item (one item per order, per person while supplies last). Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. online at HammonsHall.com and by phone at 417-836-7678.
VIP Ticket Packages, which include a prime seat location, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available. Orders for groups of ten (10) or more may be placed by calling 417-836-8468.
The North American touring productions of THE LION KING have been seen by more than 20 million theatergoers. Having already played more than 80 cities across North America, THE LION KING now proudly makes its premiere engagement in Springfield.
About the Lion King
After 20 landmark years on Broadway, THE LION KING continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its premiere on November 13, 1997, 25 global productions have been seen by more than 95 million people. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), THE LION KING has made theatrical history with six productions worldwide running 15 or more years. Performed in 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; Scheveningen, Holland; Singapore; South Korea and on tour across North America, for a total of nine 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® 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 in recent years supervised new productions of the show around the world.
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) and Doc Zorthian (production supervisor). Anne Quart serves as co-producer.
Disney’s THE LION KING is part of the 2018-2019 Broadway Season which also includes the behind-the-scenes incredible story of Peter Pan which comes to life in FINDING NEVERLAND; the Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic audiences will spend time “getting to know…” in a whole new way THE KING AND I; and concludes with Broadway’s big, fat hit – the new musical comedy SOMETHING ROTTEN! There are two Broadway Bonus productions to the season including the return of MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS By Chip Davis and the premiere of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE ON STAGE.
For more information worldwide, visit LionKing.com. For more information about upcoming Broadway shows in Springfield, visit HammonsHall.com.