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The Lion King returns to Chicago

The Lion KingBroadway In Chicago has announced the return of Disney's The Lion King for a six-week engagement at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph St.) beginning September 29, 2010.

Now in its second sold-out decade in New York, the global phenomenon is the winner of more than 70 major awards worldwide, including the 1997 Tony Award and NY Drama Critics Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy for Best Musical Show Album, and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design. The show has been seen by over 50 million people in 13 different countries. This North American National Tour is currently one of seven productions running worldwide along with New York, London, Hamburg, Tokyo, Paris, and Las Vegas.

Director Julie Taymor became the first woman in Broadway history to win the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical.  Taymor, along with Michael Curry, created hundreds of masks and puppets for The Lion King.  Choreography is by Garth Fagan, scenic design is by Richard Hudson, costume design is by Julie Taymor and lighting design is by Donald Holder. The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed the animated film and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the screenplay for The Lion King.  The score features Elton John and Tim Rice's music from the 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.

Tickets will go on sale to Broadway In Chicago Subscription Series holders on February 24, 2010. Broadway In Chicago Season Series ticket holders will receive a multitude of special benefits, including the first chance to buy The Lion King tickets, savings up to 30 percent on series shows, priority seating at each venue, ticket exchange privileges, pre-paid and discounted parking, access to gift cards to give tickets as gifts, as well as the first opportunity to purchase additional tickets to future Broadway In Chicago productions, including those not currently listed in the Season Series. Tickets for groups of 15 are currently available by calling (312) 977-1710. Individual tickets will be available at a later date to be announced.

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