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‘The Lion King: Up Close’ exhibit to open at Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts

Atlanta's Center for Pupppetry Arts to host a special exhibit featuring the designs of Disney's "The Lion King" musical. "The Lion King: Up Close" will run March 11 through April 27.
Atlanta's Center for Pupppetry Arts to host a special exhibit featuring the designs of Disney's "The Lion King" musical. "The Lion King: Up Close" will run March 11 through April 27.
Photo by Andrew H. Walker

On March 4, Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts announced it will host a special exhibit highlighting the puppetry designs of Disney’s theater show, “The Lion King.” The exhibit will include a look at four iconic masks and one of the puppets from the hit Broadway musical.

The Tony Award-winning “The Lion King” musical features the extensive use of masks and puppetry as a means for the Broadway production to introduce the characters from Disney’s 1994 animated movie. The exhibit features Julie Taymor and Michael Curry’s award-winning designs for Simba, Nala, Mufasa and Scar masks as well as the Zazu puppet.

The Lion King: Up Close” will run at Center for Puppetry Arts from Tuesday, March 11 through Sunday, April 27. Admission to the exhibit is included with admission to the Center.

The Center developed the exhibit in partnership with Disney’s “The Lion King” and Fifth Bank Broadway in Atlanta. It precedes and helps introduce visitors to the musical prior to the show’s limited-run, return engagement in Atlanta; “The Lion King" will play at Fox Theatre April 10 – 27 as part of the production’s National Tour.

Visitors to the Center for Puppetry Arts might also enjoy spending time to take in some of the other exhibits and activities. The Center offers the Puppets: The Power of Wonder, a hands-on permanent exhibit that includes The Puppet Storeroom, which introduces visitors to the basics of puppetry. Other highlights include attending a performance, such as Weather Rocks! (through March 23), or visiting the Create-A-Puppet Workshop.

Visit Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts website for more information or call 404-873-3391. Tickets to “The Lion King” at Fox Theatre, April 10 – 27, are available at the box office, online or by calling 1-855-285-8499.

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