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Disney’s THE LION KING to make its West Texas Premiere at El Paso’s Plaza Theatre During the 2017-18 Season September 21, 2016

Disney’s THE LION KING to make its West Texas Premiere at El Paso’s Plaza Theatre During the 2017-18 Season

Jam Theatricals and El Paso Live are thrilled to announce the West Texas premiere of Disney’s THE LION KING at the Plaza Theatre during the Broadway in El Paso 2017-18 season. Performance dates and times will be announced at a later time.

“This has been a long time in the making,” said Bryan Crowe, General Manager for El Paso Live, “and we just couldn’t wait to share this news. When The Plaza Theatre was restored and reopened ten years ago, THE LION KING was one of the shows that El Pasoans were asking for. And now, as we have built our Broadway in El Paso series with shows like Wicked, The Book of Mormon, Jersey Boys and this year’s The Phantom of the Opera, we can welcome THE LION KING to El Paso.”

The best way to secure your seats now to THE LION KING is to subscribe to the Broadway in El Paso 2016-17 season. Season subscriptions for the Broadway in El Paso 2016-17 season are on sale now! This year, for the first time, there is a full second night of subscription seats available in the “Act 2” Package. So, twice as many patrons can secure the same great seats for all of the shows that come through El Paso as well as the chance to renew those seats from year to year. Subscribers also receive additional ticket discounts and the chance to purchase tickets to additional shows before the general public. Tickets are received by mail to avoid box office lines and lost ticket insurance is included at no charge.

For information about group tickets, subscription renewals or becoming a new subscriber of the El Paso Electric Presents Broadway in El Paso 2016-2017 Season at The Historic Plaza Theatre please call the Subscription Hotline at (915) 231-1111, visit The Plaza Theatre Box Office or ElPasoLive.com/Broadway.

The North American touring productions of THE LION KING have been seen by more than 17 million theatergoers and grossed over $1.2 billion to date. Having already played more than 70 cities across North America, THE LION KING now proudly makes its El Paso premiere at the Plaza Theatre.

El Paso Electric Presents Broadway in El Paso 2016-2017 Season at The Historic Plaza Theatre is brought to you by Jam Theatricals and El Paso Live. Additional support is provided by KVIA-TV ABC. Be sure to follow all Broadway in El Paso series announcements on Twitter (Twitter.com/BwayInElPaso) or on Facebook (Facebook.com/BroadwayInElPaso).

ABOUT THE LION KING
In its 19th year, THE LION KING continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 23 global productions have been seen by more than 85 million people. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), THE LION KING is only the second show in history to generate five productions worldwide running 10 or more years. Translated into eight different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese), productions of THE LION KING can currently be seen on Broadway; London’s West End; Hamburg; Tokyo; Madrid; Mexico City; Shanghai and on tour across North America, for a total of eight productions running concurrently across the globe. Having played over 100 cities in 20 countries on every continent except Antarctica, THE LION KING’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.

THE LION KING won six 1998 Tony Awards®: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical. THE LION KING has also earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design.

The show’s director, costume designer and mask co-designer Julie Taymor continues to play an integral part in the show’s ongoing success. The first woman to win a Tony Award for Direction of a Musical, Taymor has in recent years supervised new productions of the show around the world.

The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from “Rhythm of the Pride Lands,” an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer. The resulting sound of THE LION KING is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award®-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” to the haunting ballad “Shadowland.”

The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed The Lion King animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay. Other members of the creative team include: Michael Curry, who designed the masks and puppets with Taymor, Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), John Stefaniuk (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor) and Doc Zorthian (production supervisor). Anne Quart serves as associate producer.

For more information on the 2016/2017 Broadway Season visit http://www.elpasolive.com/broadway