As BroadwayGlobal prepares for The 2nd Annual BroadwayGlobal Producer of the Year presentation on December 27, 2013 we are honored to share our Official Disney Invite of the Opening of "The Lion King" in Sydney Australia. BroadwayGlobal shares the detailed Historic Broadway Opening of "The Lion King" for our readers here on examiner.com, becuase this is the only #1 BroadwayGlobal breaking arts news, from the people, for the people.
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BroadwayGlobal and Theatre Chat give the exclusive look at the biggest Broadway production to hit Sydney Australia making Broadway history around the globe. The homegrown production of Director Julia Taymore's vision boast the most multi-cultural cast of any stage musical to date. The most recent production of "The Lion King" cast exemplifies multi-racial casting. Disney gets this right, if we are to unify our global arts society, not just for this production, but for the future of Broadway productions around the globe.
The truth is in the facts. With the highest number of productions running at any one given time in the shows history, "The Lion King" is still breaking records at box office around the globe. Five "Lion King" productions have been running longer than 10 years or longer. So who is "King" of the BroadwayGlobal musicals? The Lion King is "king of the Broadway jungle!" BroadwayGlobal.
Listed just last year as "One of the Top Ten Muscals of all Times by BroadwayGlobal", "The Lion KIng" is a top BroadwayGlobal pick around the globe. Never has there been a Broadway musical that has touched the hearts around the globe like that of "The Lion King". "The Lion King" is the Family Musical of the Century!" BroadwayGlobal.
"The Lion King" prodution in Sydney is the 10th prodution running currently aroud the globe. Disney's landmark musical "The Lion King" had just played its 6,681st performance on Saturday November 30th, surpassing the original Broadway production, and now BroadwayGlobal movie winner "Les Miserables". With over 6,680 performances "The Lion King" has become the fourth longest-running show in Broadway history.
"The Lion King" has put his footprint in Broadway history, and on the film industy, making entertainment history worldwide. With a cumulative gross of $5 billion, the title of "The Lion King" has already earned more than the biggest hit films in movie history: more than Lord of the Rings trilogy combined, more than six Star War films combined, and more than Avatar and Titanic, two highest grossing films in movie histiry, combined!
"The Lion King" is not only currently selling out on Broadway, but the biggest Broadway show has tours running from North America, Tokyo, London, with tours throughout the UK, Hamburg, Madrid, and San Paolo. "The Lion King" recently celebrated its 16th anniversary on Broadway last month. Now the highest grossing show in Broadway history hits the stage in Australia. The #1 Broadway show of any given week for grossing, has surpassed the imaginable numbers for any show of this size. The prodution recently became the first show in Broadway history to pass $1 billion in cumulative gross, an achievement made by the North America tour of "The Lion King" earlier this year.
Many of you will remember that Disney picked up the entire jungle moving "The Lion King" Broadway cast of 52 and 24 member orchestra from The New Amsterdam on June 4, 2006. The moved production began performances just nine days later at its new home in the Minskoff Theatre on June 13, 2006 where it contines to break weekly grosses at the box office. Now "The Lion King" who won six 1998 Tony Awards for "Best Musical", "Best Scenic Design" (Richard Hudson), "Best Costume Design" (JulieTaymor), "Best Lighting Design" (Donald Holder), "Best Choreography" (Garth Fagan), and "Best Direction" (Julie Taymor).
Nick Afoa (From South Auckland, New Zealand plays Simba, Josslyn Hlenti (Durban, South Africa) plays Nala, Buyi Zama (Durban, South Africa) plays Rafiki, Rob Collins (Darwin Australia)plays Musasa, Josh Quong Tart (Sydney, Australia) plays Scar and Terry Yeboah (Domaa Ahenkro, (Ghana) plays Banzai.
BroadwayGlobal who has brought attention to Disney's poor casting, of what should be Actors of Arab decent for Broadway production "Aladdin", says "Finally Disney get's casting right! "The Lion King" Australian Ensemble Cast features representatives from Zimbabwe, China, Thailans, Malaysia, the Philippines, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Brazil and the Untited States of America. Now this is the "KING" of cast. "The Lion King" casting is an perfect example for the future of Broadway productions around the globe. We as theatre patrons must demand mutil-racial casting if we are to unite our global society in the arts!" BroadwayGlobal.
Other principle are Cameron Goodall as Zara, Russell Dykstra as Pumbaa, Jamie McGregor as Timon, Ruvarashe Ngwenya as Shenzi and Andre Jewson as Ed. "The Lion King" has also earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critcs Circle Award for "Best Musical", the 1999 Grammy for "Best Musical Show Album", the 1999 Evening Standard Award for "Theatrcial Event of the Year" and the 1999 Laurence Oliver Award for "Best Choreography" and "Best Costume Design".
Since the Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, twenty one global productions have been staged and seen by more than 70 million people. "The Lion King" has been translated into eight diffrent languages (Japanese, Germn, Korean, French, Dutch, Mandarin, Spanish and Portuguese.
As any avid theatre goer knows, "The Lion King" Director, Costume Designer and Mask Co-designer Julie Taymor is the first woman to win a Tony Award for "Direction of a Musical" and today she still plays an interal part in the show's ongoing success.
The popular score of Elton John and Tim Rice comes from the popular animated film has transferd well around the globe, and now includes the three new songs by John and Rice, with additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer. Music from "Rhythem of Pride Lands" and album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer still captivates audinces around the world.
Music that is quoted as Western popular, fusion of distintive sounds and rythems of Africa include the Academy Award winning "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and the hauntig ballad "Shadowland". The book has been adapted by Roger Allens, who co-directed "The Lion King" animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote "The Lion King" screenplay.
Members of the creative team include Michael Curry, who desinged 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 (Musc Supervisor and Doc Zorthian (Production Supervisor). Anne Quart serves as Associate Producer, and www.wotif.com have partnered for the first time to create new packages, combining ticket, hotel and flight for one convenient booking at www.wotif.com/lionking.
For tickets to "The Lion King" in Sydney Australia call ticketmaster at -300-558-878 or visit www.lionking.com.au. "Don't Miss The Family Musical of The Century, The Lion King is King of Musical Theatre History!" BroadwayGlobal.
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