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Save the Date! Disney’s The Lion King Tickets Go On Sale – Performance at San Jose’s Center for Performing Arts!

The Lion King

Tickets for Disney’s THE LION KING On Sale
At The Center for the Performing Arts In San Jose On Sunday, May 31

Performances Begin On Wednesday, September 9
And Play for Four Weeks Through Sunday, October 4

SAN JOSE, CA (May 18, 2015) – Disney Theatrical Productions and Broadway San Jose, a Nederlander Presentation, announced today that tickets for the long-awaited return engagement of Disney’s THE LION KING will go on sale to the public on Sunday, May 31 at 10 a.m.  San Jose’s most eagerly awaited return will once again leap onto the Center for the Performing Arts stage on Wednesday, September 9 for a limited engagement of four weeks through Sunday, October 4. The opening night is Thursday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. The show’s six-week premiere engagement in 2006 played a sold-out run at the Center for the Performing Arts.

In San Jose, THE LION KING will play Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m.; Friday evenings at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 1 and 6:30 p.m. There is an added matinee performance on Thursday, September 17 at 1 p.m. Premium Ticket Packages, which include a prime seat location, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available.
Beginning Sunday, May 31, tickets ($33–$98) will be available online at www.ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call Ticketmaster at 800-982-ARTS (2787).  The Center for the Performing Arts Box Office (255 S. Almaden Blvd.) will be open on Monday, June 1 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. for in-person orders. Orders for groups of fifteen (15) or more may be placed by calling (408) 792-4131.

Ticket buyers are reminded that the Center for the Performing Arts Box Office and Ticketmaster are the only official retail ticket outlets for all performances at the Center for the Performing Arts. Ticket buyers who purchase tickets from a ticket broker or any third party should be aware that the Center for the Performing Arts is unable to reprint or replace lost or stolen tickets and is unable to contact patrons with information regarding time changes or other pertinent updates regarding the performance. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice. For the best prices and seat locations, visit ticketmaster.com and purchase early.

The North American touring productions of THE LION KING have been seen by more than 15 million theatergoers and grossed over $1 billion to date.  Having already played more than 70 cities across North America, THE LION KING now proudly makes its San Jose return at the Center for the Performing Arts.  The current schedule is listed below.

ABOUT THE LION KING

In its 18th year, THE LION KING remains ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world.  Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 22 global productions have been seen by more than 75 million people and, cumulatively, run a staggering 112 years.  Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), THE LION KING is only the second show in history to generate five productions worldwide running 10 or more years.  Translated into seven different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese), productions of THE LION KING can currently be seen on Broadway; London’s West End; Hamburg; Tokyo; Madrid; Brisbane, Australia; Basel, Switzerland; and on tour across North America and Japan, for a total of nine productions running concurrently across the globe.  Having played 20 countries on every continent except Antarctica, THE LION KING’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.

THE LION KING won six 1998 Tony Awards®:  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.  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 show’s director, costume designer and mask co-designer Julie Taymor continues to play an integral part in the show’s ongoing success.  The first woman to win a Tony Award for Direction of a Musical, Taymor has in recent years supervised new productions of the show around the world.

The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from “Rhythm of the Pride Lands,” an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer.  The resulting sound of THE LION KING is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award®-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” to the haunting ballad “Shadowland.”

The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed The Lion King animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay.  Other members of the creative team include:  Michael Curry, who designed the masks and puppets with Taymor, Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), John Stefaniuk (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor) and Doc Zorthian (production supervisor). Anne Quart serves as associate producer.

For more information worldwide, visit www.LionKing.com.

The San Jose engagement of Disney’s THE LION KING is presented by arrangement with Broadway San Jose, a Nederlander Presentation, and is a subscription offering of the 2015–16 season.

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR SCHEDULE THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2016:

Philadelphia – Academy of Music

May 20 – June 14, 2015

Vancouver – Queen Elizabeth Theatre

June 18 – July 12

Edmonton – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

July 14 – August 9

Calgary – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

 August 11 – September 6

San Jose – San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

September 9 – October 4, 2015

Costa Mesa – Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts

October 6 – November 1, 2015

Denver – The Buell Theatre

November 4 – 29, 2015

Chicago – The Palace Theatre

December 2, 2015 – January 17, 2016

Tampa – Straz Center for the Performing Arts

January 20 – February 14, 2016

Durham –Durham Performing Arts Center

February 16 – March 20, 2016

Schenectady – Proctors Theatre

March 22 – April 17, 2016

Richmond – Altria Theatre

April 19 – May 8, 2016

Madison – Overture Center for the Arts

May 10 – June 5, 2016

Dayton – Schuster Performing Arts Center

June 7 – July 3, 2016

Minneapolis – Orpheum Theatre

July 5 – August 7, 2016)

Portland – Keller Auditorium

August 10 – September 4, 2016

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