The Lion King reigns in Montreal


….and banks a record breaking billion bucks on Broadway 
By Naomi Gold

The touring production of that upROARiously entertaining musical, The Lion King takes up residence in Montreal’s Salle Wilfrid Pelletier this fall.  Evenko and Disney Theatrical Productions are reprising the show at Place des Arts, after a hugely successful 2011 run. This timeless, multimedia extravaganza is based on Disney’s animated tale of Prince Simba, a precocious lion cub, who learns some of life’s lessons along his destined path.  Elton John’s music combined with the libretti of Tim Rice produced two mega-hits: “Circle of Life” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight“, the latter of which won a 1994 Academy Award for Best Original Song.   The Lion King debuted on the Great White Way in 1997 — garnering six 1998 Tony awards — and it’s the seventh longest running musical in Broadway history.  It has been seen by 70 million viewers in eighteen countries. Sets, costumes, lighting, staging, special effects and titanic puppetry complement the performances to offer great family viewing fare.  Children will be mesmerized throughout this two and a half hour production.  French surtitles are projected throughout the play, which runs from August 19th to September 9th.  For tickets and information, call PdA’s box office or order online: Prices start at $50.00.

The Lion King is currently making headlines around the world with a viral video, shot on a subway car in New York City’s Manhattan Transit Authority. Broadway cast members broke into an (ostensibly) ‘spontaneous’ rendition of Elton John’s chart-topping Circle of Life”, (a cappella of course), to the sheer delight of New York straphangers. The subway troupe of some 30 singers – comprising soloists and choristers – flash mobbed unsuspecting “A” train passengers on June 28th.  Weary NYC “workin’ stiffs” were treated to an enthralling, inspirational performance as they traveled home from Manhattan’s 59th Street/Columbus Circle station. Footage of the spectacle was posted online -promptly generating millions of youtube hits. Since MTA ridership reached one billion last year, the idea was to celebrate Broadway’s first ever billion dollar show with a PR stunt to boast and further bolster the show’s bottom line. 

Catch Lion King fever yourself by clicking this link…….and if you spot a roarin’ lion roamin’ around the metro, tell him to get off @Place des Arts:


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