The Lion King debuted July 8, 1997, at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, and was an instant success before premiering at the New Amsterdam Theatre on November 13, 1997. It is Broadway's highest grossing production of all time, having grossed more than $1 billion. The show won six 1998 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical, making Julie Taymor the first woman in theatrical history bestowed with the honor. The Lion King has also earned more than 70 major arts awards. The Lion King continues to roar on Broadway and to perform to packed houses all around the USA and the world. In celebration of its 20th anniversary on Broadway, this volume will feature trace the origins of the show from the blockbuster animated film, feature stories from the creators and actors, and showcase never-before-published images both onstage and behind the scenes from the many productions around the world The Lion King is Broadway's highest earning production of all time, having grossed more than $1 billion. The show won six 1998 Tony Awards including Best Musical. The Lion King continues to roar on Broadway and to perform to packed houses all around the USA and the world.
About the Author
Michael Lassell is a widely published, award-winning author of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, whose work has appeared in scores of newspapers, magazines, literary journals, and anthologies. A former theater critic, he holds degrees from Colgate University, the California Institute of the Arts, and the Yale School of Drama. He lives in New York City, where he is the articles director of Metropolitan Home magazine. His previous Disney Editions titles include: Aida, Celebration-The Story of a Town, Disney on Broadway, Tarzan: The Broadway Adventure, and Mary Poppins: Anything Can Happen If You Let It.