Hakuna Matata: “The Lion King” Returns to Broadway
After 18 months of shuttered New York City theatres, three huge Broadway shows reopened last night, including the profound journey of Simba in Disney’s “The Lion King.” Not only did the cast perform on “Good Morning, America” yesterday morning, they also live streamed the show’s opening number on TikTok, bringing the magic of the show to thousands.
The King Visits GMA
The incredible artistry and powerful vocals behind the show’s opening number, “The Circle of Life,” delighted Times Square audiences during the ABC morning show. The striking cinematography opening the piece highlighted the splendor of New York City. Of course, in true form, the inspiring performance perfectly captured the energy behind the show’s long-awaited return.
The show’s stars, Adrienne Walker and Brandon McCall also joined Deborah Roberts in a piece featured yeseterday evening on “ABC World News Tonight with David Muir” prior to the show’s opening. On top of all of the excitement, McCall even made his Broadway debut last night as Simba,
Lin Manuel Miranda’s Surprise
In a huge surprise, the cast of “The Lion King” united outside of the Richard Rogers Theatre yesterday afternoon for an unexpected “Ham4Ham” performance. The “Lion King” company joined the casts of “Hamilton” and “Wicked” for a rousing rendition of “New York, New York.” The energy was infectious at the surprise event hosted by Lin-Manuel Miranda himself. All three shows reopened yesterday to packed houses.
The King Returns
In an especially special treat, the entire opening number of “The Lion King” casted on TikTok Live. Director Julie Taymor introduced the show’s triumphant return with Rafiki’s brilliant words, “It is time.” The energy during the performance was nothing short of electric and a true testament to how much live theatre has been missed during the pandemic.
With Broadway’s theatres full again, New York City seems to be creeping closer to its normal as the country continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Right now, all theatre goers 12 and over must show proof of a COVID vaccine to attend a show, and all patrons must be masked.
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