Adding to Circle Of Life Surprise in NYC Subway:
The 20th anniversary of the release of TLK has come with a flood of new developments. Right on the heels of the announcement of the new “The Lion Guard” cartoon series comes this re-release of the movie’s soundtrack/score, under the banner of the “Legacy Collection” series which will cover the upcoming re-releases of many classic Disney film soundtracks.
Until 29 March 2015 you still can book theatre tickets for the London show, where Julie Taymor, brought a vast array of disciplines to The Lion King, including extensive experience staging epic theatre and opera productions, exploring classic myths through ritualised puppetry, mask, and movement. The Lion King was the first musical she directed in the commercial theatre, and Taymor made Broadway history by becoming the first woman to win the Tony Award® for ’Best Director of a Musical’.
The Jamaican born choreographer Garth Fagan became the recipient of the 1998 Tony® Award for Best Choreography and the 2000 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer (London, UK) as well as the Drama Desk Award, the Astaire Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for his work with The Lion King. Mr. Fagan forged his own dance language and technique, drawing from modern dance, Afro-Caribbean and ballet, and has choreographed for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Jose Limon Company, the New York City Ballet’s 50th Anniversary, and others. In addition, he choreographed Joseph Papp’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Duke Ellington street opera, Queenie Pie at the Kennedy Center. A distinguished university professor at SUNY Brockport, he has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the 2001 Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award, a Bessie Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Fulbright 50th Anniversary Distinguished Fellow. He has also been inducted into the American Academy of Achievement.
Over 70 million people around the world have already seen the show, and in addition to the two UK productions you can currently see the production in New York, Tokyo, Hamburg, Madrid, Sao Paulo, Sydney and on tour across North America and Japan.
Marking the 23rd and 24th around the world since The Lion King first debuted on Broadway in 1997 Disney Theatrical Productions also present the show in China in the purpose-built theatre at the Shanghai Disney Resort where they’ll have their most ambitious yet, featuring the very best of local talent, who will perform the show for the first time in Mandarin as they bring Julie Taymor‘s singular theatrical vision to life. At Grand Theatre located in the retail, dining, and entertainment area of Shanghai Disney 1,200 visitors per show shall be able to enjoy the show in Mandarin-language.
A Spanish-language performance will premiere in May 2015 at Telcel Theatre in Mexico.
To the many sensational showstopping sequences throughout the show The Lion King could get first place on the top list for the 2013-2014 season and the Tony awards for 2014 and the 1998 Tony Awards with “The Circle Of Life”.
Australian cast member, Toni Stewart captured, the underneath impromptu ‘Circle of Life’ performance on a flight from Brisbane to Sydney. The cast had just had an amazing day at The Lion King Brisbane season launch announcement.
Have you taken “your place in the Circle of Life.” ?
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- 30 Days Of The 2014 Tony Awards: Day #9 – The Lion King Vs. Ragtime (broadwayworld.com)
Pitting two of the most important musicals of the 1990s against one another for the top prize, 1998 was an unforgettable year for Tony Awards prognosticators. Would the elegant and opulent American historical musical Ragtime best the Disney-produced screen-to-stage spectacle of The Lion King?
- The Lion King to Celebrate 16th Anniversary on Broadway, Nov 13 (broadwayworld.com)
The Broadway production celebrates its 16th anniversary Wednesday, November 13th at the Minskoff Theatre (200 West 45th Street). As it plays its 6,660th performance on that anniversary, The Lion King finds itself in a position unprecedented in the history of Broadway. Already the highest-grossing and 5th longest-running show in Broadway history, the show is routinely the #1 Broadway show in a given week, a feat previously unimaginable for a show at this stage in its life.Next month The Lion King will pass Les Miserables to become the 4th longest-running show on Broadway. The production recently became the first show in Broadway history to pass $1 billion in cumulative gross, an achievement made by the North American tour of The Lion King earlier this year.In the United Kingdom, the West End production celebrated its 14th anniversary on October 19th. Along with the UK tour, which opened in August 2012, over 11 million people have enjoyed the The Lion King in the UK to date.
- Garth Fagan: Bringing Diversity to the Dance World (huntercollegeenvoy.wordpress.com)
Fagan’s Oxford-educated father was the Chief Education Executive Officer of Jamaica. Though he came from a privileged home, Fagan’s parents did not allow him to slack off. “My parents always insisted,” he says, in his still-prevalent Jamaican accent, “saying something was good or bad was not enough. I had to break down why I thought it was so.” This early installation of a critical eye is reflected in the precision of Garth’s work today.
As he was dancing, he noticed that there weren’t many positive representations of people of color on stage, which prompted him to start his own company. “I wanted to see polyrhythms,” Fagan states. “I wanted to see people telling stories and not dancers portraying people.”When he started his company, many of Fagan’s dancers came from underprivileged backgrounds and had never danced professionally before. “The greatest challenge was training dancers without previous training,” he admits. When asked what he thinks when he sees his dancers now, Fagan replies dotingly, “Hallelujah! Look at their musicianship. I look at their musicianship and I am thrilled!”
“The greatest lesson I have learned is to work. Work is so important. To delete. To expand. You have to put in the work in order to achieve your dreams. If you want to be a dancer, take dance classes. If you want intellectual excellence, then read. You have to put in the work!”
- Disney’s The Lion King North American Tour Hits $1 Billion (broadwayworld.com)
On stage, Taymor’s creative vision blends elements of African art and Broadway artisanship to depict anthropomorphic animal characters. Taymor, along with designer Michael Curry, has created hundreds of masks and puppets for The Lion King. 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.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.”
- If You Haven’t Seen “The Lion King” Yet, What Are You Waiting For? (detroit.cbslocal.com)
The Lion King is one of the most successful titles in entertainment history; and the stage production is now in its 16th year. It’s definitely a sight to be seen — and it’ll probably leave you in awe, too.
- ‘Lion King’ Cast Sings ‘Circle of Life’ On Flight: Video Goes Viral on YouTube (ibtimes.co.uk)
The cast of Disney’s award-winning musical were in high spirits after the announcement of their Brisbane debut. They decided to share their happiness with their fellow travellers with a mesmerising performance of Elton John’s hit song.The video of the live performance which shows passengers enjoying every bit of the moment have gone viral on YouTube and has attracted more than 2 million views and counting.