Hi, My Name Is Steve and I Love The Lion King

December 14, 2016

To be clear, that's not a photo of me at the top of this page - although I can see the resemblance. No, that is the stage production of The Lion King. And I LOVE it.

I know some might say, "But wait, that's for kids." Oh, but I disagree. This show is so good. One of the closest things to the true Broadway experience in my opinion. The show can wrap you up and suck you in so all you see are the animals...but even more breathtaking to step-back in your mind and see the true art that creates it all on the stage in front of you every step of the show.

Anyway, I got this press release today and it reminded me how excited I am to start planning my date-night with my wife for this show when it comes to the Saenger...just a couple of weeks from now!!!

If you're excited too...show info is at magic1019.com/events/disney-presents-lion-king

- Steve Suter


******* PRESS RELEASE *******

Disney Theatrical Productions and the New Orleans Theatre Association announced today tickets for the long-awaited engagement of Disney’s THE LION KING will go on sale to the public Friday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m. The show will leap onto the Saenger Theatre stage for the first time Wednesday, Jan. 4, for a limited engagement of four weeks through Sunday, Jan. 29. THE LION KING is a subscription option of the East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans 2016 – 2017 season.


Tickets for THE LION KING start at $35 and will be available at the Saenger Theatre Box Office, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70112, BroadwayInNewOrleans.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at (800) 982-2787. Group sales are offered for groups of 10 or more and will be available by calling (504) 287-0372. Premium ticket packages, including a prime seat location, commemorative souvenir program and exclusive merchandise item, are also available.

In New Orleans, THE LION KING will play Tuesdays through Sundays with Saturday and Sunday matinee and evening performances. The full schedule can be found at http://www.saengernola.com/shows/the-lion-king. Premium ticket packages, including a prime seat location, commemorative souvenir program and exclusive merchandise item, are also available.

The North American touring productions of THE LION KING have been seen by more than 17 million theatergoers and grossed more than $1.2 billion to date. Having already played more than 70 cities across North America, THE LION KING now proudly makes its New Orleans debut at the Saenger Theatre.


In its 19th year, THE LION KING continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its Broadway premiere on Nov. 13, 1997, 23 global productions have been seen by more than 85 million people. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher, THE LION KING is only the second show in history to generate five productions worldwide running 10 or more years. Translated into eight different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese), productions of THE LION KING can currently be seen on Broadway; London’s West End; Hamburg; Tokyo; Madrid; Mexico City; Shanghai and on tours across North America, for a total of eight productions running concurrently across the globe. Having played over 100 cities in 20 countries on every continent except Antarctica, THE LION KING’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.         

THE LION KING won six 1998 Tony Awards®:  Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical.  THE LION KING has also earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design. 

The show’s director, costume designer and mask co-designer Julie Taymor continues to play an integral part in the show’s ongoing success. The first woman to win a Tony Award® for Direction of a Musical, Taymor has supervised new productions of the show around the world in recent years.

The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from 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 “Shadowland.” 

The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed the animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay. Other members of the creative team include Michael Curry, who designed the masks and puppets with Taymor, Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), John Stefaniuk (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor) and Doc Zorthian (production supervisor). Anne Quart serves as associate producer.

For more information worldwide, visit LionKing.com.