Based on Disney's 1994 animated classic The Lion King and the 1997 Broadway adaptation of the musical conceived and directed by Julie Taymor, The Lion King Jr. features music by Elton John and Tim Rice with additional music by Lebo M., Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor, and Hans Zimmer. Songs include such audience favorites as "Circle of Life," "I Just Can't Wait to Be King," "Hakuna Matata," and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight."
The play tells the story of young Prince Simba, the male lion cub of King Mufasa and Sarabi. Mufasa must teach Simba what it means to be a king and to be part of the great circle of life. Simba grows up in the African heartland until tragedy forces him to run away. He ultimately learns to take his rightful place in the animal kingdom.