‘Lion King’ leaps into Dayton

Staff report

DAYTON — The Victoria Theatre Association will present the musical, “The Lion King” from June 7 through July 3 in the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton.

Tickets range in price from $25 to $147 and are available at www.ticketcenterstage.com and 888-228-3630.

“The Lion King” will play Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., with the exception of Sunday, July 3 at 1 p.m. only. There will be a 1 p.m. matinee on June 30.

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.

In its 19th year, “The Lion King” continues as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its Broadway premiere on Nov. 13, 1997, 22 global productions have been seen by more than 85 million people. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, “The Lion King” is only the second show in history to generate five productions worldwide running 10 or more years. Translated into eight 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; and on tour across North America and Japan, for a total of eight productions running concurrently across the globe. Having played more than 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.

It won six 1998 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Choreography and Best Direction of a Musical, and 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 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.


Staff report