Disney’sThe Lion King to charm Tulsa starting June 4

Jelani Remy as “Simba” and the ensemble in “He Lives in You” from The Lion King National Tour. ©Disney. Photo by Joan Marcus.

(Tulsa) Disney’s The Lion King, Tulsa’s most eagerly awaited stage production ever will return to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center’s stage from Tuesday, June 4 to Sunday, July 7. The show’s six-week premiere engagement in 2006 played a sold-out run at the Tulsa PAC.

The production features Timothy Carter as “Scar,” Dionne Randolph as “Mufasa,” Tshidi Manye as “Rafiki,” Mark David Kaplan as “Zazu,” Ben Lipitz as “Pumbaa,” Nick Cordileone as “Timon,” Jelani Remy as “Simba,” Syndee Winters as “Nala,” Keith Bennett as “Banzai,” Rashada Dawan as “Shenzi” and Robbie Swift as “Ed.”  

The role of “Young Simba” is alternated between Zavion J. Hill and Adante Power and the role of “Young Nala” is alternated between Sade Phillip-Demorcy and Kailah McFadden.    

The North American touring productions of The Lion King have been seen by more than 14 million theatergoers and grossed over $983 million to date.  It has won six 1998 Tony Awards, and than 70 other major arts awards. Having already played more than 70 cities across North America, The Lion King now proudly returns to Tulsa at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. 

The show’s director, costume designer and mask co-designer Julie Taymor continues to play an integral part in the show’s ongoing success.  She was the first woman to win a Tony Award for Direction of a Musical.

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." 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.

Disney’s The Lion King comes to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center for five weeks June 4-July 7. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased via phone 918.596.7111 (800.364.7111 outside of Tulsa), in person at the Tulsa PAC Ticket Office or online at www.LionKing.com and www.MyTicketOffice.com.  Groups of 20 or more may call 918.796.0220.  For more information, visit Celebrity Attractions’ website at www.CelebrityAttractions.com.

Celebrity Attractions is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 Broadway Season in Tulsa with Blue Man Group, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Chicago, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sister Act, Wicked and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as an add-on production to the season!