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Watch American Idol Contestant Zoanette Johnson Tear Into The Lion King's ‘Circle of Life’

Watch American Idol Contestant Zoanette Johnson Tear Into The Lion King's ‘Circle of Life’

One of American Idol’s most colorful contestants Zoanette Johnson took a pretty big risk during Idol’s sudden death round by performing Elton John’s “The Circle of Life” from the musical The Lion King. As fans of the TV competition know, Broadway songs don’t typically go over well with the judges, but this time they went wild for Zoanette ...

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Julie Taymor Gets Blunt! Nine Very Candid Quotes from the Tony Winner on The Lion King, Spider-Man and Taking Risks

Julie Taymor Gets Blunt! Nine Very Candid Quotes from the Tony Winner on The Lion King,  Spider-Man and Taking Risks

Julie Taymor stopped by Charlie Rose on February 8 for a frank interview about her career. Taymor addressed controversy and rumors surrounding Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark, reminisced about The Lion King and examined about the ups and downs of taking risks. We applaud the Tony-winning director for opening up. Below are nine Taymor quotes from the half-hour interview.

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Sir Elton John & David Furnish Welcome Second Child to Their Family

Sir Elton John & David Furnish Welcome Second Child to Their Family

The Lion King composer and six-time Grammy winner Sir Elton John has reportedly welcomed a new cub into his tribe. John and his partner David Furnish had their second child with the same surrogate mother who gave birth to their first son, Zachary, in 2010, according to the New York Post.

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The Lion King Star Andile Gumbi Climbed Mount Everest in 2012 but Hopes to Conquer NYC in 2013

The Lion King Star Andile Gumbi Climbed Mount Everest in 2012 but Hopes to Conquer NYC in 2013

It’s time to wave goodbye to 2012, a year filled with cheerleaders, paperboys, porn stars and Patti. Before the big ball drops in Times Square, Broadway.com decided to poll your favorite Broadway stars to get their take on the high point of the year we’re leaving behind—and what they’re hoping is in store for the year ahead! Find out ...

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Get a First Look at The Lion King’s Groundbreaking Pop-Up Exhibit

Get a First Look at The Lion King’s Groundbreaking Pop-Up Exhibit
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Disney’s Tony-winning musical The Lion King celebrates another first this December. To mark its 15th anniversary on Broadway, the blockbuster musical is being honored with the first immersive, pop-up exhibit ever created for a Broadway show. Fans of The Lion King will finally have their chance to get up close and interact with the show’s set pieces, intricate costumes (which ...

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Julie Taymor Shows Off The Lion King's 'Sexiest' Puppet and Heads to Brazil on Nightline

Julie Taymor Shows Off The Lion King's 'Sexiest' Puppet and Heads to Brazil on Nightline

In the weeks leading up to The Lion King's recent 15th anniversary celebration, Nightline teamed up with the show's famed director Julie Taymor to look back at the production's incredible road to Broadway. During a backstage visit at the Minskoff Theatre, the musical's cast and crew showed off the elaborately designed costumes and sets, and even singled out the ...

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The Lion King's Broadway Family Reunites at a 15th Birthday Party Fit for a King

The Lion King's Broadway Family Reunites at a 15th Birthday Party Fit for a King
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The worldwide musical sensation The Lion King celebrated its 15th year on Broadway on November 18 with a special performance at the Minskoff Theatre and a swinging celebration at Gotham Hall. The musical officially opened on Broadway back on November 13, 1997, and has since spawned 21 productions in 98 cities in 16 countries around the world. To mark The ...

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Julie Taymor and The Lion King Company Open Up About 15 Magical Years on Broadway

Julie Taymor and The Lion King Company Open Up About 15 Magical Years on Broadway

The Tony-winning musical The Lion King celebrated 15 years on Broadway with a triumphant performance and lavish celebration. Hear from the award-winning creators and current cast about why The Lion King is unlike any other show on Broadway.

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Original Lion King Cast Member Ron Kunene on Why He Is Still 'Sustained' & 'Moved' by the Landmark Musical

Original Lion King Cast Member Ron Kunene on Why He Is Still 'Sustained' & 'Moved' by the Landmark Musical

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Ron Kunene has been part of The Lion King family since he provided background vocals in Disney's 1994 Oscar-winning motion picture, and today, he remains one of only two actors to have been in the ensemble of the Broadway production since it opened in 1997. A South African transplant and a graduate of UCLA, Kunene praises the ...

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Andile Gumbi on the ‘Pride’ and ‘Blessing’ of Playing Simba, The Lion King's Title Character

Andile Gumbi on the ‘Pride’ and ‘Blessing’ of Playing Simba, The Lion King's Title Character

In the final Lion King character study video, South African actor Andile Gumbi brings us behind the scenes as he transforms into the “energetic” Simba. Find out what similarities Prince Simba has to an African warrior.

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The Lion King’s Tshidi Manye Shares Rafiki’s Otherworldly Abilities and the Connection to Her Culture

 The Lion King’s Tshidi Manye Shares Rafiki’s Otherworldly Abilities and the Connection to Her Culture

As the shaman Rafiki, Tshidi Manye kicks off The Lion King with the signature song “Circle of Life.” Hear how the South African actress prepares before each show and how the role is a connection to her culture.

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Chantel Riley Takes Pride in Her Transformation into Nala, the ‘Very Fierce’ Lion King Princess

Chantel Riley Takes Pride in Her Transformation into Nala, the ‘Very Fierce’ Lion King Princess

Chantel Riley has dreamed of playing Nala since she first saw The Lion King movie. Now, she embraces her Broadway transformation into the "strong and powerful" lioness. See the history behind her makeup and how the role helped her grow.

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See Patrick R. Brown Transform into Scar, The Lion King’s ‘Larger Than Life’ Villain

See Patrick R. Brown Transform into Scar, The Lion King’s ‘Larger Than Life’ Villain

The Lion King Character Study series kicks off with Patrick R. Brown. Watch how he describes Scar’s evil actions, and how his costume and makeup design work to make Scar sharp and unlovable.

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Broadway.com to Celebrate The Lion King's 15th Anniversary with Special Character Study Video Series

Broadway.com to Celebrate The Lion King's 15th Anniversary with Special Character Study Video Series

Disney’s The Lion King continues to wow theatergoers, and on November 13 the blockbuster show will celebrate its 15th year on Broadway! To mark the milestone Broadway.com will roll out a series of Character Study videos featuring the musical's leading actors.

The videos head backstage at the Minksoff Theatre to see how show stars Andile Gumbi (Simba), Patrick R ...

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Celebrate 15 Years in the Circle of Life with Squigs’ Anniversary Portrait of The Lion King

Celebrate 15 Years in the Circle of Life with Squigs’ Anniversary Portrait of The Lion King

Disney’s landmark Broadway musical The Lion King is getting set to mark its 15-year anniversary on the Great White Way. Julie Taymor's groundbreaking production began performances in October 1997, and the show has gone on to become the fifth longest-running show in Broadway history as well as the highest grossing Broadway show of all time. Broadway.com resident artist Justin "Squigs" ...

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The Lion King’s Alton Fitzgerald White Releases Solo Album of Disney Songs

The Lion King’s Alton Fitzgerald White Releases Solo Album of Disney Songs

Alton Fitzgerald White, who stars as Mufasa in Disney’s blockbuster musical The Lion King, releases Disney My Way!, his second solo album, on October 1. The album, which is available on iTunes and Amazon, features songs from Disney’s vast catalogue including “A Whole New World,” “If I Can’t Love Her,” “Fortune Favors the Brave” and “Santa Fe ...

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Weekend Poll Top Three: Elton John’s Music Scores Big with Broadway Fans

Weekend Poll Top Three: Elton John’s Music Scores Big with Broadway Fans

Pop icon Cyndi Lauper will be the latest Grammy-winning musician to pen a Broadway score as the new musical Kinky Boots readies to strut into the Al Hirschfeld Theatre this spring. With a slew of new shows penned by famous musicians on the horizon, Broadway.com asked readers to choose which original Broadway score written by a pop star is ...

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Andile Gumbi on How The Lion King Changed His Life, Brought Him Love and Impressed His Mom

Andile Gumbi on How The Lion King Changed His Life, Brought Him Love and Impressed His Mom

Age & Hometown: 29; Durban, South Africa

Current Role: A Broadway debut performance as Simba, the disillusioned, self-exiled prince who matures into the King of Pride Rock, in Disney’s long-running musical The Lion King.

A New New Yorker: South African native Gumbi is the international face of The Lion King, appearing in ads for the musical worldwide since debuting ...

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Andile Gumbi Takes the Throne as The Lion King’s New Simba

Andile Gumbi Takes the Throne as The Lion King’s New Simba

Broadway’s blockbuster musical The Lion King will welcome Andile Gumbi as the newest Simba on August 28. Though Gumbi is making his Broadway debut, he has played the role of Simba in four different countries and has been the face of The Lion King in advertisements throughout the world. The Lion King continues to play the Minskoff Theatre.

Gumbi has ...

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Disney’s The Lion King Surpasses A Chorus Line to Become Broadway's Fifth Longest-Running Show

Disney’s The Lion King Surpasses A Chorus Line to Become Broadway's Fifth Longest-Running Show

Disney’s blockbuster musical The Lion King will become the fifth longest-running Broadway show in history on August 15. The company will celebrate the milestone after the matinee at the Minskoff Theatre, when it will have played 6,138 performances. The Lion King will surpass the original Broadway production of A Chorus Line to enter the top five.

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Syndee Winters to Make Her Broadway Debut as Nala in The Lion King

Syndee Winters to Make Her Broadway Debut as Nala in The Lion King

Syndee Winters will make her Broadway debut as royal lioness Nala in Disney’s Tony-winning musical The Lion King on June 1. Winters, who has played the role on tour, will take over for current star Chauntee Schuler. Winters will continue with the production through August 26.

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Dashaun Young Returns as Simba in Broadway’s The Lion King

Dashaun Young Returns as Simba in Broadway’s The Lion King

Dashaun Young returns as the King of Pride Rock in Broadway’s The Lion King beginning May 16. Young will assume the role from current Simba, Adam Jacobs, who is taking a brief hiatus but plans to return to the Tony-winning production on June 26. Young has previously played the role of Simba on Broadway, in the North American tour and ...

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Video Exclusive! Adam Jacobs, Tshidi Manye & Co. Revel in The Lion King's 6,000th Broadway Performance

Video Exclusive! Adam Jacobs, Tshidi Manye & Co. Revel in The Lion King's 6,000th Broadway Performance

Within the past month, The Lion King celebrated several production milestones including becoming the sixth longest-running show in Broadway history, becoming the highest-grossing Broadway show of all time and, on April 18, playing its 6,000th performance on the Great White Way. To mark these occasions, Broadway.com headed to the Minskoff Theatre to chat with the company, including current ...

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Disney’s The Lion King Celebrates 6,000 Performances on Broadway

Disney’s The Lion King Celebrates 6,000 Performances on Broadway

Disney’s blockbuster musical The Lion King, which recently became the highest grossing Broadway show of all time, is now celebrating another Broadway milestone. The April 18 matinee marks the musical’s 6,000th performance. The musical currently ranks as Broadway’s sixth longest-running show.

Based on the popular Disney film, The Lion King first opened on Broadway on November 13, 1997 at ...

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The Lion King Surpasses Phantom as Broadway’s All-Time Highest Grossing Show

The Lion King Surpasses Phantom as Broadway’s All-Time Highest Grossing Show

Disney’s Tony-winning blockbuster The Lion King has surpassed Broadway’s longest-running show Phantom of the Opera as Broadway’s all-time highest grossing show, according to CBSnews.com. The Lion King, which recently became Broadway’s sixth longest-running musical, has grossed a total of $853,846,062 during its run, while Phantom’s cumulative gross is $853,122,847.

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