Broadway Across Canada

March 24, 2011 15:26 ET

Tickets for Disney's The Lion King on Sale at The National Arts Centre in Ottawa on Saturday April 9, 2011

Performances Begin On Thursday July 14 And Play for Four Weeks Through Sunday August 7 at The National Arts Centre

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 24, 2011) - Disney Theatrical Productions and Broadway Across Canada announced today that tickets for the long-awaited production of Disney's THE LION KING will go on sale to the public on Saturday April 9th at 10:00am. Ottawa's most eagerly awaited stage production will begin performances at the National Arts Centre on Thursday July 14 for a limited engagement of four weeks through Sunday August 7. The opening night is Saturday July 16 at 8:00pm. 

Ticket buyers are invited to special box office opening festivities on Saturday April 9 at 7:00am – 10:00am at the National Arts Centre. Beat the rush for tickets and enjoy special perks including:

  • Access to the best seats in the house for each performance prior to the public on sale and save on the Ticketmaster Service Fee;
  • Multiple National Arts Centre Box Office Agents available to assist in selecting seats and processing orders;
  • The FIRST ticket purchaser in line receives a deluxe gift package from THE LION KING;
  • A special gift from THE LION KING for all ticket purchasers, while supplies last;
  • Group sales representatives on site to process orders of more than 15 tickets;
  • Games and special activities for the entire family - including complimentary food and beverage

Starting at 10:00am, tickets go on sale via www.ticketmaster.ca, at Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone at (855) 985-5000.

In Ottawa, THE LION KING will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00pm, Saturday matinees at 2:00pm, Sunday matinees at 1:00pm, Sunday evenings at 6:30pm and a Thursday July 21 and a Thursday August 4 matinee at 2:00pm. Ticket prices start as low as $30.00. Premium Ticket Packages, which include prime seat locations, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available. Beginning Saturday April 9th, tickets will be available at the National Arts Centre Box Office, Ticketmaster Outlets, and online at www.Ticketmaster.ca. To charge tickets, call Ticketmaster at (855) 985-5000. Orders for groups of twenty (20) or more may be placed by calling (866) 530-7469.

The North American touring production of THE LION KING has been seen by over 13.2 million theatergoers and grossed over $867 million to date. Having already played more than 60 cities across North America, THE LION KING now proudly makes its Ottawa premiere at the National Arts Centre. The current schedule is listed below. Visit LionKingonTour.com.

ABOUT THE LION KING

As it begins its 14th year THE LION KING remains ascendant, continuing to reign as a cultural phenomenon and one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its 1997 Broadway premiere, 18 global productions have been seen by more than 55 million people, grossed over $4.3 billion to date and have cumulatively run 83 years. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), THE LION KING is the seventh longest-running musical in Broadway history and one of only five productions in theatre history to play for ten years or more, both on Broadway and in the West End. Translated into seven different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Mandarin, Spanish), the show has been performed in 14 different countries on five continents. THE LION KING can currently be seen on Broadway (its flagship production), on stages across North America, and in Las Vegas, London's West End, Hamburg, Tokyo and Singapore. In October 2011, the first Spanish production will bow in Madrid.

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, 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. 

On stage, Taymor's creative vision blends elements of African art and Broadway artisanship to depict anthropomorphic animal characters. Taymor, along with designer Michael Curry, has created hundreds of masks and puppets for THE LION KING. 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: Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), John Stefaniuk (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor). Anne Quart serves as associate producer.

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."

For more information worldwide, visit, LionKing.com 

The Ottawa engagement of THE LION KING is presented by arrangement with Broadway Across Canada and is a subscription offering of the 2011-2012 Broadway Across Canada Series.

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR SCHEDULE THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2011:
 
Rochester – Auditorium Theatre
March 22 – April 17, 2011
 
Toronto – Princess of Wales Theatre
April 19 – June 12, 2011
 
Dayton – Schuster Center
June 14 – July 10, 2011
 
Ottawa - National Arts Center
July 14-August 7, 2011
 
Montreal – Place des Arts
August 9 – September 4, 2011

About Broadway Across Canada

Broadway Across Canada and Broadway Across America (Producer) is owned and operated by British theatre producer John Gore (CEO) and entertainment industry veteran Thomas B. McGrath (Chairman). Broadway Across Canada in association with Broadway Across America presents first-class touring musicals and plays across 40 North American cities. Under the supervision of Beth Williams (COO & Head of Production), Broadway Across America is also dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse theatre. Current Broadway productions include Promises, Promises; Million Dollar Quartet; Memphis; La Cage aux Folles; and West Side Story. Upcoming productions include How To Succeed in Business… Touring productions include Dreamgirls and Madagascar Live! Please visit BroadwayAcrossCanada.ca.

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