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The Lion King

The Lion King

Musical




Overview


Synopsis

The show starts with the kind and wise Lion King of the Pridelands, Mufasa, and his queen Sarabi introducing their newborn son, Simba to the animals of the savanna. All seems well except Mufasa's evil brother, Scar, secretly desires to be king. Along with his evil henchmen, the hyenas, Scar orchestrates a stampede that kills Mufasa. Simba, believing he caused the death of his father, secretly leaves the Pridelands. With Simba presumed dead, Scar becomes king. Under his rule, the Pridelands become a wasteland. In a stroke of luck, Simba runs into his old friend Pumbaa in the jungle. She tells him of the horrors of Scar's rule and begs Simba to return to the Pridelands. When Simba returns, he ends up killing Scar and reclaims his thrown to the joy of all the animals.


Characters

Male

Lead

Tenor

Male

Supporting

Tenor

Male

Supporting

Baritone



Show Information

Music
Lyrics
Category
Musical
Number of Acts
2 Acts
Tony Award ®
Best Musical 1998
First Produced
1997
Genres
Fairy Tale/Fantasy
Time & Place
Cast Size
medium
Dancing
Heavy
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes late teen, young adult, adult characters

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