In celebration of the 15th anniversary of Broadway’s landmark musical event The Lion King, cast members Alton Fitzgerald White, Chondra La-Tease Profit and Lindiwe Dlamini will “flip the switch” and light the world-famous Empire State Building’s tower lights with the signature color of the production. The lights will shine yellow in honor of the anniversary on Tuesday, December 4.
‘Inside The Lion King,’ the first immersive, pop-up exhibit ever created for a Broadway show, arrives adjacent to Bryant Park, on 42nd Street and Avenue of the Americas, for a limited time to celebrate 15 years of The Lion King in New York City. More than 65 million people have experienced The Lion King, but never before like this. In this free exhibit, fans of all ages will experience and interact with 86 museum-quality artifacts including hand-made puppets, sculpted masks, elaborate artisan costumes and extraordinary sets that have appeared in productions from around the world.
Since the show opened in 1997, there have been countless requests to see more of the inspiration and evolution behind Disney’s groundbreaking show; ‘Inside The Lion King‘ provides fans with that opportunity. In addition to displays of early concept materials and sketches, most items featured in the 5,000 square-foot exhibit have been used in the show or will be when the exhibit concludes. Visitors will be able to get up close with items, ranging from an 8-inch shadow-puppet to a 13-foot tall elephant and a 17-foot tall ostrich, all of which reveal the intricate design and detail that are the fruition of Julie Taymor’s Tony® Award-winning artistry and vision.
Located at 1095 Avenue of the Americas on the corner of 42nd Street, the exhibit will be open free to the public from 10AM – 8PM daily, December 1-16. For more information and event schedules, visit lionking.com/exhibit.