Disney’s THE LION KING: Coming to Pittsburgh in September

Disclaimer: In exchange for sharing details about theupcoming Disney’s THE LION KING Performance coming to Pittsburgh through DisneyTheatrical Productions and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, I will receive tickets toattend and review the show. All opinions are 100% my own.

We’re a little behind and have yet to check out the live action movie by the same name, but Disney’s THE LION KING has been a Willis house favorite since 1994 – a good 24 years before we were “the Willis house”. I’m imaging that the Mister is going to be surprised when I take him downtown to the Benedum Center for the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh Series production of Disney’s THE LION KING. (Recommended ages for this show are 8 and up.)

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As the world’s #1 musical, Disney’s THE LION KING comes to Pittsburgh as a presentation by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Broadway Across America as part of the 2019-2020 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh Series. The production will be at the Benedum Center from September 4-29, 2019. For tickets and more information, visit TrustArts.org.

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About THE LION KING

After 21 landmark years on Broadway, The Lion King continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world.  Since its premiere on November 13, 1997, 25 global productions have been seen by more than 100 million people.  Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), The Lion King has made theatrical history with six productions worldwide running 15 or more years.  Performed in nine different languages (English, Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese), productions of The Lion King can currently be seen on Broadway; London’s West End; Hamburg; Tokyo; Madrid; Scheveningen, Holland; on tour across Japan and North America, with a separate production touring internationally, for a total of nine productions running concurrently across the globe. 

Having played over 100 cities in 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. 

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CINDERELLA on Tour

I received tickets to CINDERELLA in exchange for bringing you the details of the show and my thoughts following attendance. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Back in the 1980s, I had an obsession with Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA in the way of the 1965 made for TV movie with Leslie Ann Warren as the leading lady. When I found out that this classic tale with a few twists and surprises was coming to Pittsburgh, I knew I had to go and take my mom along. We were delighted to be guests at Heinz Hall last night for opening night!

Tatyana Lubov and Louis Griffin in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. © Carol Rosegg

RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA on Tour

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Broadway Across America present RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA from May 22 to May 27, 2018 at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh. While it’s not quite the same story you might have read in storybooks, watched on animated movies, or (like me) saw in the 1965 version or the 1997 version starring Brandy (how I am that old?!?!), you’ll recognize this one easily.

I won’t go into the details of what makes this story different from the others (this is the version that is a 2013 Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical), but I will say it was so timely following the Royal Wedding’s message by Bishop Curry. Love and kindness prevail, especially when we care for those that others sweep to the side.

If you’re a fan of the made for TV version, you’ll recognize favorite songs like “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” “Ten Minutes Ago” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” and likely want to sing along. Resist the urge and listen – this cast is full of incredible voices!

I’m still trying to decide what my favorite parts were – the step-sisters had me laughing throughout, the addition of Jean-Michel, or what I’m about to tell you next…

Know Before You Go: Cinderella in Pittsburgh

Can I stop and tell you that if you have tickets, be ready to be amazed at the costume magic. I was just shaking my head in amazement as Crazy Marie transformed into the Fairy Godmother and Ella transformed from rags into princess-worthy gown not one but three times. Simply stunning work by the costume team (led by six-time Tony Award Winner William Ivey Long)!

CINDERELLA on Tour
Leslie Jackson (left) and Tatyana Lubov in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. © Carol Rosegg

And if you don’t have tickets…Time to get them! Cinderella will be in Pittsburgh for four more days until May 27. Prices start at $30 and can be purchased at the following official Pittsburgh Cultural Trust ticket sources: online at TrustArts.org, by calling Guest Services at 412-456-4800, or in person at Theater Square Box Office.  Showtime is about two hours with one 20-minute intermission.

This is the kind of show I’d definitely see again. Hopefully, you’ll be able to catch it before they head out on their next stop!

Broadway Across America

Broadway Across America (BAA) is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com and The Broadway Channel.  Led by 11-time Tony-winning producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 44 markets with over 400,000 subscribers. Current and past productions include BeautifulCats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day, HairsprayHello, Dolly!,Million Dollar Quartet, On Your Feet!The Producers,School of Rock and Waitress. Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners.  Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District.  The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization.  A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity.  Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life.  Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.