Last week I talked about how the Care Bears were derived from greeting cards.  This week I want to focus on, not where animation originated from, but what it can lead to.  Disney’s The Lion King was released in 1994 and continued to be the highest grossing animated film until Disney and Pixar teamed up to create Finding Nemo.  According to Wikipedia, “The Lion King still holds the record as the highest grossing traditionally animated film in history.”  The Lion King has continued to be very popular because of both its storyline and soundtrack.   The film’s popularity and success led it to crossover and become a major success on Broadway.

In 1997, actors took to the stage in the musical rendition of The Lion King.  The musical version of The Lion King, like the animated film, got rave reviews.  I thought it was very interesting to hear that the first act of the Broadway version is longer than the original animated film.  In order to turn The Lion King into a Broadway production they had to expand the storyline.  The animated film portrayed the Savannah through images.  The musical version still had to make the Savannah come to life but they had to do things differently.  In order to make this production a success the actors had to spark the imagination of their audience.

The actors did a wonderful job and got rave reviews.  According to Newsweek, the musical is considered a “landmark event in entertainment.”  Recently, The Lion King celebrated a milestone of 5,000 live performances.  Disney’s Broadway site says that over 45 million people have watched the musical rendition of the beloved film.  In 1998, the musical won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical.  In this interview, one guest who watched the musical said “it’s unbelievable that human beings could create such beauty.”  The Broadway production has been translated into many different languages and shown in several countries.  Currently, you can watch the musical in New York City, Las Vegas, or catch the cast when they are on an international tour.

You can watch a sneak peak of the musical here.  To find out more about when you can catch The Lion King on Broadway click here.

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