New York City – Elton John surprised the audience at the performance celebrating The Lion King’s 20 years on Broadway on November 5, 2017, Sunday. Creative team members Julie Taymor, Tim Rice, Garth Fagan, Lebo M., Mark Mancina, Roger Allers, and Irene Mecchi joined hundreds of alumni and others for a special performance of the show. The evening of celebration culminated in a surprise performance by The Lion King’s Tony-nominated composer Elton John, who was revealed to the exhilarated audience for a special performance of his hit song, “Circle of Life,” joined by the entire company of The Lion King.
After 20 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, 24 global productions have been seen by more than 90 million people. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), THE LION KING is the only show in history to generate six productions worldwide running 15 or more years. Performed in eight different languages (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 and Sapporo, Madrid, Mexico City, Scheveningen, Holland, and on tour across North America, for a total of nine productions running concurrently across the globe. Having played over 100 cities in 19 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. (Press Release from Bonnie Kwong/NIWA. Featured photo is Elton John during the Curtain Call for 20th Anniversary Performance of ‘The Lion King’ on Broadway at The Minskoff Theatre on November 5, 2017 in New York City.)