The Group Travel Leader

JUN 2017

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GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E ' T H E L IO N K I N G ' Since its musical debut in 1997, "The Lion King" has thrilled audiences of all ages, drawing inspiration from the beloved 1994 Disney film. The imaginative coming-of-age story follows a young lion named Simba as he explores the colorful and dangerous African landscape; befriends a comical warthog named Pumbaa and a meerkat named Timon; and even- tually faces off against his scheming uncle, Scar, who covets his birthright as leader of the lion pride. "'The Lion King' is that landmark theatrical event," said Gregory. "There's nothing else like it." The animal kingdom roars to life onstage in the form of towering puppets and vibrant, African-themed costumes, from giraffes portrayed by actors on stilts to mechanical headpieces on the lions. While adding new music and expanded narrative features, the show also brings back the unforgettable songs composed by Elton John and Tim Rice, including "Circle of Life," "I Just Can't Wait To Be King," "Hakuna Matata" and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight." The Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical takes the crown as Broadway's highest grossing production of all time, and is the third-longest- running show on Broadway. W W W . L I O N K I N G . C O M By Joan Marcus, courtesy Disney eatrical Group RAFIKI THE SHAMAN SINGS "CIRCLE OF LIFE" IN "THE LION KING." GOODSPEED MUSICALS Home of the American Musical CONTACT KATE MICARI-MILLER: 860.615.0316 •Group-friendly restaurant next door—packages available • FREE onsite bus parking RAGS Oct 6 - Dec 10 OKLAHOMA! July 14 - Sept 23 A CONNECTICUT CHRISTMAS CAROL Nov 17 - Dec 24 Enjoy large-scale musicals featuring Broadway actors in a space so intimate no seat is more than 16 rows from the stage.

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