Disney’s The Lion King
Triumphantly Returns to Syracuse in 2017
Broadway’s Award-Winning Best Musical to Launch a Newly-Configured Production at The Landmark Theatre in Downtown Syracuse
Exclusive Three-Week Engagement
October 27 – November 12, 2017
Syracuse, NY (February 8, 2017) – By popular demand, Disney’s The Lion King will return to Syracuse for the first time since its triumphant premiere in September 2011. This exclusive three-week return engagement will premiere at the Landmark Theatre in Downtown Syracuse on October 27 and will play through November 12, 2017.
As previously announced, The Lion King North American tour will unveil a newly-configured production, which will launch in Syracuse, allowing the tour to entertain new audiences in cities and venues which previously couldn’t accommodate the show. In addition to the three weeks of performances, the production will spend five weeks in Syracuse perfecting these technical changes. During that process, a large contingent of crew members, actors and technicians – alongside members of the show’s award-winning creative team – will live and work in Syracuse.
“The economic impact of hosting The Lion King for this extended period will be far-reaching, including meals and hotels for over 100 cast and crew members, labor, advertising, vendor rentals and purchases. In addition, the ancillary spending by theatre patrons at restaurants, parking, and occasional hotel stay and shopping will support the local economy,” stated Albert Nocciolino, President and CEO of NAC Entertainment/Famous Artists.
“The Landmark Theatre is thrilled to be hosting The Lion King this fall,” stated Stephanie Crockett, President of the Landmark Board of Trustees. “Having this ground-breaking production in our theatre is an incredible boost to our business, not to mention an amazing opportunity for the downtown community. The team at the Landmark is so excited to welcome the cast and crew of The Lion King and help bring this incredible show to life for our patrons to have an experience they’ll never forget.”
About The Lion King
In its 20th year, The Lion King continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 24 global productions have been seen by more than 90 million people. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), The Lion King is only the second show in history to generate five productions worldwide running 10 or more years. Translated into 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; Mexico City; Shanghai, Scheveningen and on tour across North America, for a total of nine productions running concurrently across the globe. Having played over 100 cities in 19 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 associate producer.
For more information worldwide, visit LionKing.com.
The Syracuse engagement of Disney’s The Lion King is presented by arrangement with Famous Artists and is a subscription offering of the Famous Artists 2017-2018 Broadway Theater Series.