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9 Things You Should Know About Disney’s The Lion King Musical

You know the story, the songs, and the characters. Hakuna matata is your motto. But how well do you know the Broadway production of Disney's The Lion King? Read on to discover the many reasons you do not want to miss this legendary musical when it comes to DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, February 16 through March 20.

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  1. The Lion King made its Broadway debut in 1997 and went on to win six Tony Awards the following year, including the award for Best Musical. Since then it's gone on to win over 70 international theater awards.

  2. There's a reason The Lion King is Broadway's third longest running show ever: it's a feast for the eyes. It took costume designers over 37,000 hours to create puppets and masks for the production.

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  4. Giraffes tower over other characters in the song "I Can't Wait to be King," clocking in at 18 feet high.

  5. Six indigenous African languages are spoken during the production: Swahili, Sotho, Tswana, Xhosa, Congolese, and Zulu.

  6. The stage adaption of The Lion King uses shadow, hand, and rod puppets, along with two human actors, to portray Simba.

  7. The devil's in the details: costumes are handcrafted to help portray over 25 types of animals and plants. Even actors' shoes are hand painted to match their exact skin tone.

  8. In the Broadway musical, Rafiki's role is expanded from the original animated film. The character becomes a figure of greater spiritual importance and even sings the opening song, "The Circle of Life."

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  10. The actor portraying Pumbaa the warthog wears the heaviest costume, a back-pack-like contraption that weighs 45 pounds.

  11. Despite the imposing size of Scar and Mufasa's masks, they only weigh 9 and 11 ounces, respectively. That's about as heavy as a banana.

Purchase your tickets to see the world's No. 1 musical soon! DPAC, a top five theater venue in the U.S., is The Lion King's only stop in the Southeast, so tickets won't last long.



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  • 123 Vivian St, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 680-2787
  • Downtown Area

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