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THE LION KING
New Amsterdam Theatre July 8, 1997- Present
Original Broadway Cast
Samuel E. Wright
as Young Simba
Tom Alan Robbins
Tsidii Le Loka
Tracy Nicole Chapman
Stanley Wayne Mathis
as Young Nala
Songs in the Broadway musical:
Circle of Life
The Lioness Hunt
I Just Can't Wait to be King
They Live in You
Be Prepared (Reprise)
One by One
The Madness of King Scar
Can You Feel the Love Tonight
He Lives in You (Reprise)
King of Pride Rock
Circle of Life (Reprise)
The musical incorporates several changes and additions to the storyline as compared to the film. The mandrill Rafiki's gender was changed to a female role, as Taymor believed there was generally no leading female character in the film. Rafiki was portrayed by Tsidii Le Loka in the original Broadway musical, and by Josette Bushell-Mingo in the original London production.
Several new scenes are present, including a conversation between Mufasa and Zazu about whether Mufasa is raising Simba correctly, and a perilous scene where Timon finds himself nearly drowning in a waterfall while Simba feels powerless to help him. A major narrative addition is the depiction of Nala's departure in the scene "The Madness of King Scar", where the mentally deteriorating villain tries to make Nala his mate. Nala refuses, and later announces her intention to depart the Pride Lands and find help. She receives the blessings of the lionesses and Rafiki during the new song "Shadowland."
Tony Award for Best Musical
Tony Award for Best Scenic Design for a Musical
Tony Award for Best Costume Design for a Musical
Tony Award for Best Lighting Design for a Musical
Tony Award for Best Choreography
Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Tsidii Le Loka
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography - Garth Fagan
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical - Julie Taymor
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design of a Musical - Scenic Design by Richard Hudson
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design - Costume Design by Julie Taymor
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lighting Design - Lighting Design by Donald Holder
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Sound Design - Sound Design by Tony Meola
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Puppet Design - Puppet Design by Julie Taymor, Michael Curry
Theatre World Award
All taken from Wikipedia.
That said, has anyone seen this musical?
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