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Back at her baobab tree, Rafiki paints an image of the cub and asks the spirits to conjure the new prince's name: Simba.
Time passes and Simba grows into a lively young cub ("Grasslands Chant").
1997 Minneapolis 1997 Broadway 1998 Tokyo 1999 Japan National Tour 1999 West End 2000 Toronto 2000 Los Angeles 2001 Hamburg 2002 1st US National Tour 2003 2nd US National Tour 2003 Sydney 2004 The Hague 2006 Shanghai 2006 Seoul 2007 Johannesburg 2007 Paris 2008 Taipei 2009 Las Vegas 2011 Singapore 2011 Madrid 2012 UK National Tour 2013 São Paulo 2013 Sydney 2015 Basel 2015 Mexico City 2016 Shanghai 2016 The Hague The Lion King is a musical based on the 1994 Disney animated film of the same name with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice along with the musical score created by Hans Zimmer with choral arrangements by Lebo M.
Directed by Julie Taymor, the musical features actors in animal costumes as well as giant, hollow puppets.
She greets King Mufasa and Queen Sarabi before presenting their cub to the gathered animals ("Circle of Life").
Scar convinces Simba that his father's death was his fault and tells him to run away, but as he leaves, Scar orders the hyenas to kill him.The cast of the West End production were invited to perform at the Royal Variety Performance in 19, in the presence of senior members of the British Royal Family.As the sun rises, Rafiki the mandrill calls the animals to Pride Rock.Simba feels responsible for Mufasa's death, but the duo take the cub to their jungle home and show him their carefree way of life and bug diet ("Hakuna Matata"). The chorus, dressed in colorful clothes with ornate bird puppets and kites, begin the Second Act ("One by One").As the song ends, however, the beautiful birds are replaced by vultures and gazelle skeletons.