The Lion King stars Aaron Nelson (Simba), Nteliseng Nkhela (Rafiki), Chantel Riley (Nala), and Alton Fitzgerald White (Mufasa) gather around the the show's 17th birthday cake.
The Lion King stars Aaron Nelson (Simba), Nteliseng Nkhela (Rafiki), Chantel Riley (Nala), and Alton Fitzgerald White (Mufasa) gather around the the show's 17th birthday cake.
(© David Gordon)

The Broadway production of Disney's The Lion King celebrated its 17th anniversary with a cake presentation onstage at the Minskoff Theatre on November 11. Julie Taymor's production, with a score by Elton John and Tim Rice and a book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi, opened November 13, 1997, at the New Amsterdam Theatre, before transferring to the Minskoff in 2006. The musical, inspired by the 1994 film of the same title, has since played over 7,000 performances and recently became the highest-grossing property in the history of the entertainment industry.

Mufasa cuts the cake — and his castmates can't wait to eat it.
Mufasa cuts the cake — and his castmates can't wait to eat it.
(© David Gordon)

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