The Lion King is widely known as one of the greatest shows in the history of Broadway. With more than 6,700 performances, it is the fourth longest running shows in the history of Broadway and has grossed more than $1 billion since opening, making it the highest grossing show of all-time. The show has been performed around the world in exotic locations like London, Sydney, Taipei, Singapore, Tokyo and Toronto. There is currently a traveling show being performed at the Paramount Theatre and beginning on June 17, the show will be held at the Kennedy Center Opera House in the nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C.
Based off the 1994 Disney movie of the same name, The Lion King has gone from a small show being held at the Orpheum Theatre in Minnesota into one of the most prestigious shows in the history of Broadway. When the show makes its way to Washington, D.C. for a two month run through Aug. 17, fans will be able to catch all the action they couldn’t see in New York City. The show that fans at the Kennedy Center Opera House will be much of the same that fans have seen on Broadway thousands of times with the exception of a few changes that needed to be made to accommodate the traveling show and to keep in on budget. Despite these changes, the main theme of the show remains the same and those who have never had a chance to see the show in the city, will have a close glimpse of how the show was.
The Kennedy Center Opera House is located on the Potomac River and opened in 1971. The venue has been home to numerous theater, dance, ballet, orchestra, jazz and folk music acts. It is one of the busiest venues in the world and is home to more than 2,000 performances each year. The Opera House is located at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts between the Concert Hall and the Eisenhower Theater. There are more than 2,300 seats in the venue and is normally home to the Washington National Opera and the Kennedy Center Honors.
The music you will hear the Opera House during The Lion King performance comes from Elton John, while the lyrics come from Tim Rice. The director of this blockbuster travelling show is Julie Taymor and Garth Fagan is the man in charge of the choreography.