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September 24

September 24, 2009 – Disney Theatrical Productions Donates Pieces from The Lion King Musical to the Smithsonian

“This donation is a significant addition to the museum’s entertainment collection and joins materials representative of Broadway hits.” – Brent D. Glass, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

On September 24, 2009, a special ceremony was held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History to celebrate Disney Theatrical Productions’ donation of pieces from the hit Broadway production of The Lion King. Pieces included costume elements from Simba’s and Rafiki’s costumes, such as Simba’s mask and headdress, and Rafiki’s costume, custom shoes, and hat. The costumes were designed by Julie Taymor and Michael Curry. These pieces join others from the shows Cats, Rent, and The King and I.  

August 17

August 17, 2002 – Aida Celebrates 1,000th Performance

“The gods love Nubia, their glorious creation, its songs roll sweetly across the harvest plain.”

On August 17, 2002, the Elton John and Tim Rice musical Aida celebrated its milestone 1,000th performance at the evening show. Originally opening on March 23, 2000, the show opened with Adam Pascal as Radames, Sherie Rene Scott as Amneris, and Heather Hedley as Aida (who would go on to win the Tony Award for her performance). The 1,000th show featured Pascal alongside Simone as Aida and Felicia Finley as Amneris.

July 28

July 28, 2005 – The Lion King Begins Performances at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne

On July 28, 2005, the second Australian production of The Lion King kicked off its run at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. The production lasted almost one year at this theater before closing on June 4, 2006; it went back to Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on December 12, 2013. This production was the 9th production of the popular Broadway musical running around the world, with shows also running across North America, Tokyo, London, Hamburg, and Madrid.

June 4

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June 4, 2006 – The Musical The Lion King Closes at the New Amsterdam Theatre

“Till we find our place on the path unwinding, in the circle, the circle of life.”

On June 4, 2006, the Broadway musical The Lion King held its final performance at the New Amsterdam Theater in New York City. The show had been at the theatre since October 10, 1997, and was lauded for its imaginative interpretation of the animated feature film source. The production, fortunately, was not closed permanently; the show was to be transferred to the Minskoff Theatre, while the production of Mary Poppins would be taking its place at the New Amsterdam. The Minskoff Theatre underwent some custom renovations to accommodate the incoming production, and the show opened in the theatre on June 13th. As of 2019, the Minskoff Theatre is still home to The Lion King.

December 1

December 1, 2012 – The Lion King Pop-Up Exhibit Opens in New York City

“This new interactive attraction gives visitors a unique chance to extend their Broadway experience outside the theater, creating longer-lasting memories of this iconic show.” – First Vice President of Communications for NYC & Company, Christopher C. Heywood

On December 1, 2012, Disney Theatrical Group opened a special immersive “pop-up” exhibition to celebrate the Broadway smash production of The Lion King, known as “Inside the Lion King.” Considered the first of its kind, the exhibit gave travelers a chance to see over 100 items relevant to the creation of the show, ranging from shadow puppets to props, with the ability to see details that aren’t readily noticed from the theater seats. The exhibit also includes interactive elements, such as touch screen presentations of concept sketches and models, and photograph opportunities with set pieces.

November 13

November 13, 2012 -The Cast of Newsies Performs on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars: All Stars

“Wrongs will be righted, if we’re united, let us seize the day!”

On November 13, 2012, the cast of the Broadway musical Newsies performed the song “Seize the Day” on the hit ABC competition show Dancing with the Stars: All Stars. Based on the 1992 film, the Broadway musical officially premiered on March 29, 2012; this was the third time the cast of a Disney musical performed on the television program. The cast at the time of filming this episode featured Corey Cott as Jack Kelley, Ben Fankhauser as Davey, and Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crutchie.

October 4

October 4, 2007 – The French Production of The Lion King Premieres at the Theatre Mogador

“The cast is wonderful to look at and gorgeous to listen to. I find them very compelling.” – Disney Theatrical Productions President Thomas Schumacher

On October 4, 2007, the first French production of the popular Broadway musical The Lion King, known as Le Roi Lion, opened at the newly renovated Theatre Mogador in Paris. The musical was performed completely in French, and was translated from English by Stéphane Laporte, a Molière Award winning writer. The French case included Zama Magudulela as Rafiki, Jee-L as Mufasa, Olivier Breiman as Scar, Jérémy Fontanet as Simba, Léah Vincent as Nala, David Eguren as Zazu, Christian Abart as Timon, and Fabrice de la Villehervé as Pumbaa. Several key members involved with the original Broadway production were in the audience, including original director and designer Julie Taymor, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger, and President of Disney Theatrical Productions Thomas Schumacher.