So it’s pretty old news that Disney’s The Lion King Musical is the third longest-running production on Broadway (it gets beat by Phantom of the Opera and Chicago, but comes in with nearly 200 more shows than Cats), but there are some neat little tidbits of information about Broadway’s biggest grossing production that we didn’t know – and bet you didn’t either. These six fun facts will help you amuse your friends and astound your family when you get The Lion King tickets for a spring vacation matinee. (And did you know The Lion King is on tour again? The show will be in Richmond starting April 18, and make its way through across the country over the next several months. Keep your eye on our Lion King tickets inventory for your chance to see the show in your home town.)
You’ll Hear Six Different African Languages in The Lion King
While most of the show is performed in English, the actors speak six different indigenous African languages at various points in the show. They include Swahili, Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Tswana, and Congolese.
Some of the Costumes Are REALLY Tall
The animal costumes in The Lion King are part of what make the show so magical and engaging. Many of them are big – but none of them come close to the giraffes, seen in “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King.” They tower over the rest of the animals and actors at a staggering 18 feet tall.
The Lion King Is Broadway’s First Billion Dollar Grossing Show
Even though two shows have played on Broadway longer, The Lion King is the biggest grossing show in Broadway history, pulling in more than $1 billion by the end of October 2013. Part of the reason for that, according to producers, is that the actors nearly always play to packed houses. The show has almost never played to less than an 80% capacity crowd. That means, among other things, that it can be really hard to get The Lion King tickets through traditional channels. (We’ve almost always got them in our inventory, though.)
First Woman to Be Awarded a Tony for Best Director of a Musical
Julie Taymor, who won the Tony Award for Best Direction of Musical for The Lion King in 1998 was the first woman to win a Tony in that category.
The Actors Portray a Lot of Different Animals
In fact, the actors represent 25 different species of animals, fish, birds and insects in The Lion King. Some of the animals include lions (of course!), hornbills, warthogs, meerkats, hyenas and wildebeest.
Disney Offers a Teachers’ Guide to The Lion King
For teachers who want to use a trip to Broadway as a learning experience, Disney has put together a 40-page study guide to The Lion King. It includes facts about the environment and history that relate to The Lion King’s setting. It defines unfamiliar terms (great for vocabulary lessons), suggests theatrical and other educational activities, and even manages to discuss apartheid in terms that are simple enough for most children to understand. In fact, if you really want to impress, you can download the study guide (it’s free!) and drop truth bombs on your companions before and after the show.
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