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Elton John Joins The Lion King Cast for 20th Anniversary on Broadway Celebration

Guests at the special performance included the show's original Nala, Heather Headley, as well as Frozen stars Caissie Levy and Patti Murin.

Elton John takes the stage for a special performance of "Circle of Life," celebrating The Lion King's 20th anniversary on Broadway.
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The Broadway production of The Lion King celebrated its 20th anniversary with help from a very special guest: the show's composer, Elton John. The Oscar winner joined the entire company for a post-performance rendition of "Circle of Life," before joining original creative team members Julie Taymor, Tim Rice, Garth Fagan, Lebo M., Mark Mancina, Roger Allers, and Irene Mecchi for a special bow.

In the audience for the November 5 performance included a host of Lion King alumni, including original cast members Heather Headley and Samuel E. Wright, Disney Theatricals veterans Sierra Boggess and Ashley Brown, and upcoming Frozen stars Caissie Levy and Patti Murin.

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The Lion King opened November 13, 1997. Since its premiere, 24 global productions have been seen by more than 90 million people. Performed in eight different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese), productions can currently be seen on Broadway, London's West End, Hamburg, Tokyo and Sapporo, Madrid, Mexico City, Scheveningen, Holland, and on tour across North America, for a total of nine productions running concurrently across the globe. Having played over 100 cities in 19 countries on every continent except Antarctica, The Lion King's worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.

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