Disney's Tony Award-winning musical The Lion King will celebrate its 16th anniversary on Wednesday, November 13. The production, which opened on Broadway in 1997, is slated to surpass Les Misérables and become Broadway's fourth-longest-running show in December.
Since its premiere, The Lion King has been translated into eight languages and has played 18 countries. Productions of The Lion King can be seen on Broadway, on tour across North America, Tokyo, and Japan, on the West End, and in Hamburg, Madrid, and São Paulo.
Directed by Julie Taymor (A Midsummer Night's Dream), The Lion King features a score by Elton John and Tim Rice, with additional musical material by Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor, and Hans Zimmer. The book was adapted by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi. Other members of the creative team include Michael Curry, Steven Canyon Kennedy, Michael Ward, John Stefaniuk, Marey Griffith, Clemente Ishmael, and Doc Zorthian.
The cast features Gareth Saxe, Alton Fitzgerald White, Tshidi Manye, Jeffrey Kuhn, Ben Jeffrey, Fred Berman, Aaron Nelson, Chantel Riley, James Brown-Orleans, Bonita J. Hamilton, Enrique Segura, Cole Bullock, Caleb McLaughlin, Teshi Thomas, and Kaci Walfall.