Disney's The Lion King celebrates its 10th anniversary on Broadway Sunday, November 11 with a gala performance at the Minskoff Theatre.
Since its Broadway opening on November 13, 1997 (preview performances began October 15, 1997), the production, boasting a score by Elton and Tim Rice, has been seen by 45 million people worldwide.
In addition to New York City where the show has remained among the top five selling shows on Broadway for 10 years, the curtain of The Lion King currently rises seven more times every night all over the world in London, Hamburg, Tokyo, Johannesburg, Paris, and two touring companies throughout the United States.
"The Lion King has touched lives all over the world, and we are thrilled to celebrate this milestone," said Thomas Schumacher, Producer, Disney Theatrical Group. "Ten spectacular years later, The Lion King continues to be a show we are so immensely proud of. Not only does it open the hearts and minds of everyone who sees it, it has had an enormous impact on the communities it reaches."
Over 200 craftsmen and artisans worked nearly six months to extensively refurbish the Minskoff Theatre to welcome the show, which was previously at the New Amsterdam Theatre.
Architectural designer Mariuca Brancoveanu created a dramatic new environment that starts with the terrazzo walkway through the promenade into the theatre.
What's more, the main lobby area features hand-painted, gold-leaf sculpted tableaus which adorn the theatre's expansive interior walls and showcase its panoramic views of Broadway.