Nov 6, 2010



CHICAGO (November 5, 2010) — Only three weeks remain to see Disney’s THE LION KING in Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, where performances play though November 27, 2010. Thousands of theater-goers in Chicago have enjoyed Broadway’s Award-Winning Best Musical since the North American tour began performances on September 29, 2010.  Great seats are still available for weeknight performances during the remaining three weeks. 

The show’s 39-week premiere engagement in 2003 and 13-week return engagement in 2005 both played sold-out runs at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.  The North American touring production of THE LION KING has been seen by over 12.7 million theatergoers and grossed over $834 million to date.  The tour is one of six productions running worldwide, along with New York City, London, Hamburg, Tokyo and Las Vegas. Having already played 60 cities across North America, THE LION KING continues to entertain audiences in new cities.  The current schedule is listed below. For more information and dates, please visit

THE LION KING plays Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30PM, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8PM, Sunday evening at 6:30PM, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2PM, and Sunday matinees at 1PM, as well as Tuesday performances on November 16 and 23 at 7:30PM and a 2PM matinee on Friday, November 26. There will be no performance on Thursday, November 25 in observance of Thanksgiving. Tickets are currently available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St. and 18 W. Monroe St.); the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000; all Ticketmaster retail locations (including Hot Tix and select Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts and fye stores); and online at Orders for groups of fifteen (15) or more may be placed by calling (312) 977-1710.

THE LION KING continues to reign as one of the most popular shows around the world.  The global phenomenon can currently be seen on Broadway, on stages across North America and in Las Vegas, London, Hamburg and Tokyo. In March 2011 a new production will bow in Singapore – a first for Disney Theatrical Productions. 

Globally, 17 productions of THE LION KING have been seen by more than 50 million people, and grossed over $4 billion to date. Now in its 13th year, THE LION KING is the eighth longest-running musical in Broadway history and one of only five productions in theatre history to play for ten years or more both on Broadway and in the West End.  Translated into five different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French and Dutch), the show has been performed in 13 different countries on five continents.

THE LION KING has won more than 70 major awards worldwide, including the 1998 Tony Award® and NY Drama Critics Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design.  Julie Taymor was the first woman in theatrical history to win the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical.  She is also the winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Costume Design. 

Taymor, along with designer Michael Curry, has created hundreds of masks and puppets for THE LION KING.  Scenic design is by Richard Hudson; costume design is by Julie Taymor; lighting design is by Donald Holder.  Choreography is by Garth Fagan.  The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed the animated feature and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay. 

The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African 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 resulting sound of THE LION KING is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy® Award-winning song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” to the haunting ballad “Shadowlands.”     
Chicago – Cadillac Palace Theatre
Sept 29 – Nov 27, 2010

Norfolk – Chrysler Hall
Nov 30 - Jan 2, 2011

Durham – Durham Performing Arts Center
Jan 4 – 30, 2011

Providence – Providence Performing Arts Center
Feb 1 – Feb 20, 2011

Schenectady - Proctors
Feb 22 – March 20, 2011

Rochester – Auditorium Theatre
March 22 – April 17, 2011

Toronto – Princess of Wales Theatre
April 19 – May 22, 2011

Dayton – Schuster Center
June 14 – July 10, 2011


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