Wednesday, September 15, 2021

THE LION KING on Broadway Reopened On 09/14/2021

It re-opened September 14, 2021 at
'The Minskoff Theatre'
200 W. 45th St., New York, NY

We had the good fortune to see this musical in October 2001. One month after the Twin Towers were destroyed. Attendance was full. Despite what had happened many, such as the wife and I, were determined to not allow ourselves succumb to fear. It was the first LIVE Broadway musical production to grace 'The New Amsterdam Theatre' after it's $34 million restoration. It had been decaying for years since hosting 'The Ziegfeld Follies' (1913-1927). 

Elton John wrote the musical score. Tim Rice the lyrics. It was the first Broadway production to use actors in giant animal costumes as well as large hollow puppets. The show premiered on October 15, 1997 and has been going strong ever since. Grossing over $1b (highest of all time).

August 19, 2021:
Director Julie Taymor addresses the cast of THE LION KING on Broadway before they sing through 'Circle of Life' for the first time since March 2020. The performance is led by Tshidi Manye.

You may ask, well what's playing at the New Amsterdam now. Well I'll tell ya. Glad you asked. "Alladin" returns on Sepetember 28, 2021 to the stage.

James Monroe Iglehart at the 2014 Tonys as the genie.

As of 2019 there were actually 5 genies to that date
James Monroe Iglehart, Michael James Scott, tour Genie Major Attaway, and standbys Juwan Crawley and Deonte L. Warren

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