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'The Lion King' roars back into the Detroit Opera House beginning Feb. 13

Posted: Nov. 25, 2012 at 11:45 a.m.

DETROIT - Disney Theatrical Productions and Broadway In Detroit have announced that tickets for the long-awaited return engagement of Disney's "The Lion King," playing a limited four-week engagement at the Detroit Opera House Feb. 13 March 10, 2013, will go on sale to the public on Friday, Nov. 30 at 10 a.m.

"The Lion King" is one of the most popular touring productions currently on the road, having been seen by more than 14 million theatergoers and grossed over $928 million to date. Due to its popularity, ticket buyers often find that tickets are available through secondary ticket agencies or brokers, but Broadway In Detroit cautions consumers that, and are the only authorized online ticket sellers for the Detroit engagement of "The Lion King".

"There is concern that it's becoming increasingly more likely that ticket buyers may purchase either bootleg tickets, exceedingly overpriced tickets, or never receive their tickets from third party brokers," says Alan Lichtenstein, Broadway In Detroit executive director. "It is important we remind people that, and are the only online sources to purchase valid tickets for 'The Lion King' and all the shows in the 2012-2013 Broadway In Detroit line-up."

In its 15th year, "The Lion King" remains ascendant, recently becoming the highest-grossing Broadway show in history. Since its Broadway premiere on Nov. 13, 1997, 20 productions around the globe have been seen by more than 65 million people, grossed over $5 billion and, cumulatively, run a staggering 91 years. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), "The Lion King" is the fifth longest-running musical in Broadway history and only the second show in history to generate five productions running 10 or more years. Translated into eight different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese), the show has been performed in 15 different countries on five continents. Continuing to reign as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world, "The Lion King" can currently be seen on Broadway and on tour in North America, in London's West End and on tour in the UK, in Hamburg, Madrid, Tokyo and on tour in Japan.

"The Lion King" won six 1998 Tony Awards - for 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, the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design and seven 2012 Spanish Musical Theatre Awards, including Best Musical.

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.

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; plus additional musical material from a variety of sources. 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."

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) and Doc Zorthian (Production Supervisor). Anne Quart serves as associate producer.

Performance times for "The Lion King," playing Feb. 13 March 10 at the Detroit Opera House, located at 1526 Broadway St., in Detroit, are:

Tickets will be available beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 30 at the Fisher Theatre box office, the Detroit Opera House box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-866-870-2717, and online at, or Tickets start at $25. Additionally, Premium Ticket Packages, which include a prime seat location, a commemorative souvenir program, and parking, are also available. For group sales (20 or more), please e-mail or call 313-871-1132.

For additional information, call 313-872-1000 or visit

Kids' Night
"The Lion King" Kids' Night pre-show activities, courtesy of Michigan Education Savings Plan, will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 in the Detroit Opera House lobby where kids will have the opportunity to make lion masks courtesy of Arts and Scraps, and much more. For Kids' Night, kids' tickets (18 & under) are half price with the purchase of an adult ticket at full price. Kids' Night tickets are available for purchase at the Detroit Opera House and Fisher Theatre Box Offices as well as Ticketmaster Ticket Centers at Partridge Creek, 12 Oaks Mall, Great Lakes Crossing, and Fairlane Town Center. Mention code KNOB or ask for the "Kids' Night" offer. Kids' Night tickets for "The Lion King" are not available online or by phone. Kids' Night tickets are limited and pre-show activities are subject to change. Visit for the latest information on Kids' Night activities and ticket availability.

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