The Lion, an autobiographical musical from Benjamin Scheuer, celebrates its opening night on June 26. The American premiere, presented by Manhattan Theatre Club and directed by Sean Daniels, will run through July 13 at The Studio at Stage II at New York City Center.
The Lion is a true story of love, loss, family loyalty and the redemptive power of music. The show has been previously performed in various incarnations at Lincoln Center, the St. James Theatre in London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Last year, Scheuer was awarded the ASCAP Foundation Cole Porter Award for songwriting and the Musical Theatre Network Award for Best Lyrics. He has served as a writer-in-residence at the Goodspeed Theater, the Weston Playhouse and the Johnny Mercer Songwriting Workshop. His band Escapist Papers’ second album, titled The Bridge, features music from The Lion.