‘The Lion King’ to return to Playhouse Square in the summer of 2019

September 17, 2018

‘The Lion King’ to return to Playhouse Square in the summer of 2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio – “The Lion King,” Broadway’s highest-grossing musical of all time (as of June, $1.48 billion and counting) is roaring back into Playhouse Square next summer.

That will be music to the ears of Cleveland fans who last saw the saga of royal lion cub Simba in 2013.

Based on the hugely popular 1994 Disney animated classic, “The Lion King” premiered on Broadway in November 1997 and swept the 1998 Tonys like a savanna brushfire, winning six awards including best musical and two trophies for Julie Taymor — one for her direction (the first woman ever to win in that category), the other for costumes.

Taymor’s groundbreaking costume and puppet design -- there are some 230 in the production -- integrated the human and the animal, never attempting to hide the actor as one would in a traditional puppet show.

The breathtaking results are part of the reason the show quite literally is still the king of the Broadway jungle, besting other classics “Wicked” and “The Phantom of the Opera.” The score, by Elton John and Tim Rice, hasn’t hurt ticket sales either.

According to a Playhouse Square press release North American touring productions of “The Lion King” have been seen by more than 20 million theatergoers.

The musical will begin a four-week engagement at Playhouse Square’s KeyBank State Theatre Wednesday, August 7 and run through Sunday, September 1, 2019. 

Season ticket packages including “The Lion King” will go on sale Monday, October 8, 2018 by calling 216-640-8800. For more information, visit playhousesquare.org/broadway.

Individual tickets will go on sale to the general public in Spring 2019. Group Sales of twenty (20) or more will be available beginning October 8, 2018 by calling 216-640-8600.

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