The Lion King comes to the Kennedy Center in DC

Jun 1, 2023
The Lion King at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC

The Lion King, a Tony award-winning stage adaptation of the beloved 1994 animated film, is set to grace the Kennedy Center in Washington DC from June 22 - July 29. Fans of the Lion King story are excited to see the stunning visual effects and performance of the African savannah that is likely to leave audiences captivated.

Directed by Julie Taymor, the musical features actors dressed in animal costumes and giant hollow puppets, with music by Sir Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. It debuted on July 8, 1997, in Minnesota and premiered on Broadway on October 15, 1997, with the official opening on November 13, 1997. Since then, the show has become one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history, grossing over $1 billion and attracting more than 112 million fans worldwide.

The Kennedy Center is a premier performing arts venue located on the Potomac River and is widely regarded as one of the busiest performing arts centers in the world. The Lion King musical will be performed at the Opera House, one of the center's largest venues with a seating capacity of 2,300 people.

The Lion King musical tells the story of Simba, a lion cub who grows up to become the king of the Pride Lands. After the death of his father, King Mufasa, Simba is forced to flee and live in the jungle, where he meets new friends and has many adventures. As he grows up, he is called to return to his homeland and reclaim his rightful place on the throne. Along the way, Simba is guided by his wise and eccentric friend Rafiki, who reminds him of his past and encourages him to embrace his destiny. He also reunites with his childhood friend Nala, who becomes a loyal ally in his quest to defeat his evil uncle Scar, who had been ruling in Simba's absence. The musical features breathtaking costumes, dazzling choreography, and iconic songs like "Circle of Life" and "Hakuna Matata". Through its inspiring story of redemption and courage, The Lion King musical has become one of the most beloved productions in the world.

The musical has enjoyed immense success since its debut, with its stunning visuals and powerful performances impressing audiences around the world. The Kennedy Center is excited to host this iconic show and give fans a chance to experience the magic of The Lion King. Tickets for the show are available at the Kennedy Center Box Office or online. Don't miss this opportunity to witness the Circle of Life come alive on stage!

Since its debut, The Lion King has been a massive success, captivating audiences with its mesmerizing visuals and outstanding performances. From its memorable songs to its heartwarming story, this show has won over fans from all corners of the globe. And now, the Kennedy Center is thrilled to host this iconic production, giving viewers the opportunity to witness the magic of The Lion King in person. Tickets for the show are available either at the Kennedy Center Box Office or online, so be sure not to miss this chance to experience the Circle of Life come alive on stage.