Sunday, May 6, 2012

Mark Your Calendar for Disney's The Lion King

Mark your calendars for April 9 – May 5, 2013 because the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center’s most requested Broadway musical will be back at the Fox Cities P.A.C.! It’s been almost five years since Disney's The Lion King first delighted audiences in Northeast Wisconsin with its amazing stagecraft, and next spring 18 trucks will once again roll into town with the makings of a show you’ll never forget.

To many, staging The Lion King seemed impossible. The epic conflict between lions worked beautifully in animated film – but onstage? But Walt Disney Chairman Michael Eisner and Disney Theatrical Producers Peter Schneider and Thomas Schumacher believed in the power of The Lion King’s story. They turned to Julie Taymor, a director and designer well known for mythical staging inspired by international theatrical forms. Taymor was excited by the challenge.

“When I looked at the film… I said to myself, what is working in this film for me? What’s the most daunting challenge? That’s what I like to do – the sheer fact that it’s very hard to do is a great challenge to me.”

The Lion King is unique in that we see how the magic works onstage. There’s no attempt to cover up the wheels and cogs that make it all happen. The human beings that control the puppets and wear the animal masks are fully seen. As an audience member at The Lion King, you have an important job: with your imagination, you are invited to mix the “animal” with the human into a magical whole. As Julie Taymor says, “When the human spirit visibly animates an object, we experience a special almost life-giving connection. We become engaged by both the method of storytelling as well as the story itself.”

Want to experience a landmark Broadway event? Enter the Broadway-A-Day Sweepstakes on the Center’s Facebook page a chance to win two tickets to opening night of Disney’s The Lion King!

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Source: Disney's The Lion King

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