Disney’s landmark Broadway musical The Lion King will return to the Wharton Center in East Lansing on July 11-29. Giraffes will strut, birds will soar and the gazelles will prance as the Pride Lands come to life on stage in Cobb Great Hall.
More than 70 million people around the world have experienced the celebration of color and movement meant to transport the audience to a gorgeous world of imagination. The Lion King is one of the world’s most inventive and impressive musicals integrating costumes, lighting, choreography, script and puppetry. The musical features actors dressed in elaborate costumes depicting real-life animals with extraordinary work of Tony Award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan.
Proudly trumpeting its spiritual ties to South Africa, the 50-member stage cast always includes a contingent of South African performers from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. To accompany the theme of the musical, there are six indigenous African languages sung and spoken throughout the show. These languages include Swahili, Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Tswana and Congolese.
Award-winning director of The Lion King Julie Taymor brings the story to life with the young lion’s adventures set against a stunning backdrop of amazing visuals. Adapted three years after Disney’s release of the highly popular 1994 animated movie, the musical is a six-time Tony Award-winning masterpiece, including Best Musical, by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi. The performance showcases some of Broadway’s most popular music, crafted by renowned artists like Elton John and Tim Rice.
The Wharton Center will offer a sensory-friendly performance of The Lion King, which provides a supportive and welcoming environment that makes live theater accessible to those with autism spectrum disorder, developmental disabilities, sensory processing disorder and other sensory-sensitive people and their families. The special performance runs July 21.
Tickets for the musical start around $35 and can be purchased online at lionking.com/tour/east-lansing-mi.