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Broadway's The Lion King Welcomes a New Scar

A UK stage veteran makes his Broadway debut.

Stephen Carlile will make his Broadway debut in The Lion King.
Stephen Carlile will make his Broadway debut in The Lion King.
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Broadway's Tony-winning The Lion King at the Minskoff Theatre welcomes Stephen Carlile in the role of Scar beginning tonight, Tuesday, January 31. Carlile makes his Broadway debut, having originated the role of Scar on the UK tour of long-running musical.

The Lion King features tunes by Elton John and Tim Rice's music from The Lion King film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor, and Hans Zimmer; and music from "Rhythm of the Pride Lands," an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina, and Hans Zimmer. The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who codirected the movie, and Irene Mecchi, who cowrote the film's screenplay.

The musical won six 1998 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan), and Best Direction of a Musical.

Productions of The Lion King can currently be seen on Broadway, London's West End, Hamburg, Tokyo, Madrid, Mexico City, Shanghai, Scheveningen, 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, 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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