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.