Orpheum Theatre presents The Lion King! Experience the stunning artistry, unforgettable music and exhilarating choreography of this musical theater phenomenon right here! The multi-award-winning Best Musical about Simba the lion cub and his remarkable journey of transformation from outcast Prince to King of all the animals! This musical production is better by far than the 1994 animated film, improving on the artistry, the storytelling and depth of the characters. You will be moved by the music, Nants ingonyama bagithi baba! Here comes a lion, Father! What are you waiting for? This is a show not to be missed and something that will stay with you forever! Buy your tickets now for the remarkable Lion King at the Orpheum Theatre in Omaha!
“There is simply nothing else like it.” – The New York Times.
“Since opening on Broadway in November 1997, THE LION KING has become the most successful musical in history.”
“A PERFECT MARRIAGE OF ENTERTAINMENT AND ART.” – NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
“THE MOST EXCITING, MOST INVENTIVE, MOST MOVING THEATER THAT HAS EVER COME TO BROADWAY.” – NEWSWEEK
“Quite simply, STUNNING.” – Time Out New York
The huge shimmering saffron sun rises over an unmistakably African plain, and Pride Rock, from where the lions survey their kingdom, the first sounds; Nants ingonyama bagithi baba! cries out from the stage. Here comes a Lion father! A new heir to the kingdom is born! Witness the most moving and intense introduction to a musical you will ever see and feel. Simba, the Prince who has it all, a kingdom, a powerful but fair father, and very little to do. Until, Simba’s evil uncle Scar sees his opportunity and assassinates the King! Simba must flee for his very life, into the jungle pursued by blood thirsty hyenas. Lost and all alone what will young Simba do? How can he possibly survive never mind how to get revenge on Scar? An unlikely pair appear in the form of Timon and Pumbaa, a meerkat and a warthog, together they strike out across the jungle to re-take the pride-lands and free the animals form the tyrant Scar. Can Simba take on this formidable enemy and fulfill his destiny to become the King of the jungle? A vibrant and exciting tale from the great creatives at Disney, The Lion King is a story of love and redemption that nobody should miss.
The story of The Lion King is a simple folk tale, a simple prince loses and then regains his kingdom after discovering himself. In the making of The Lion King the production team had to combine Broadway style songs to African rhythm and voices. The merging of two different worlds of music, from Broadway and South Africa the composers take us from the playful upbeat melodies of “Hakuna Matata” to the somber tones of “Shadowlands” reflecting both worlds of western pop and African rhythm, there are 6 indigenous African languages sung and spoken throughout the show: Swahili, Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Tswana, Congolese. All combined with extraordinary dances, breathtaking costumes, the giraffe is a full eighteen feet tall!
The Lion King has been a multi-award-winning production since opening on Broadway in November 1997. In 1998 it won six Tony Awards for 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, making Taymor the first woman in theatrical history bestowed with the honor. 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 Lion King Review
“This is the highest-grossing stage show in history, having already grossed some £3.8 billion globally – more than the previous record-holder Phantom of the Opera. Or, to place it in a broader context, more than the combined global revenues of the six most popular Harry Potter films. It’s easy to overlook, what with all the trumpeting of huge grosses and audience figures, what a radical piece of theatre The Lion King is, and always was. Credit for this goes to the prime mover of this stage version, director Julie Taymor, who came from avant-garde, ritual and experimental theatre, and had already used masks and puppetry in other productions. Taymor also helped design the costumes for the Lion King, and even wrote the lyrics for one of its songs, Endless Night.
She has created a world that is fiercely non-literal, often to moving and wondrous effect. She makes no attempt to disguise the fact that these animals are moved and performed by humans. A drought on the African plain is conveyed by a circle of blue silk gradually vanishing by being pulled through a hole in the stage. When a lioness weeps, she pulls lengths of white ribbon from her eyes. Taymor evokes a waterfall using a huge sheet of billowing silk. A score of actor’s strides on stage, boxes on their head with long grass sprouting from them; this is Taymor’s way of representing the African savannah. Second only to Taymor’s vision, meanwhile, is the music of South African composer Lebo M, which makes the crucial difference between The Lion King’s film and stage versions. He has augmented the serviceable original pop songs of Elton John and Tim Rice, creating new ones and rooting them in a distinctly African tradition.
If this musical has a predominant sound, it is his – rhythmic, melodic and thuddingly percussive, as underlined by the presence of two energetic drummers, visibly up high on either side of the stage. Yet his choral arrangements, some sung in Zulu, are simply heart-stopping. At this point, such John-Rice songs as Can You Feel The Love Tonight and Circle of Life might easily feel tired and over-familiar – yet they fit neatly enough into the vastly extended musical framework that Lebo M has provided.
We suspend disbelief when confronted with this version of Africa, and a story of eternal truths that makes specific period irrelevant. Ingeniously, The Lion King is brought to life in a space that is impervious to trends and fashion.”
– David Gritten, The Telegraph.