Sun, Nov 22

Disney's The Lion King At DPAC

Disney Theatrical Productions and DPAC announced today that due to popular demand, the long-awaited return engagement of Disney’s THE LION KING  has been extended by one week. As of today, 21,000 additional seats, including prime locations, are on sale through and Ticketmaster.  The Triangle’s most eagerly awaited return will play its triumphant return on the DPAC stage for five weeks only, February 16 through March 20.

Tickets for Disney’s THE LION KING are now on sale via:

Online at

DPAC Ticket Center: 919.680.2787, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC / Ticketmaster Charge by phone at 866.870.2717
12+ Group tickets are now available through email at [email protected]

At DPAC, THE LION KING will play Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., with an added weekday matinee on Thursday, March 17 at 1 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 6:30 p.m. with Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 1 p.m. Premium Ticket Packages, which include a prime seat location, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available. Tickets are available at the DPAC Ticket Center (919.680.2787, 123 Vivian Street/Durham), Ticketmaster (, 800.928.2787) and online at Orders for groups of twelve (12) or more may be placed by emailing [email protected]

Ticket buyers are reminded that DPAC and Ticketmaster are the only official retail ticket outlets for all performances at DPAC. Ticket buyers who purchase tickets from a ticket broker or any third party should be aware that DPAC is unable to reprint or replace lost or stolen tickets and is unable to contact patrons with information regarding time changes or other pertinent updates regarding the performance.

The North American touring productions of THE LION KING have been seen by more than 15 million theatergoers and grossed over $1 billion to date.  Having already played more than 70 cities across North America, THE LION KING now proudly makes its Triangle return at DPAC.  The current schedule is listed below.    


In its 18th year, THE LION KING remains ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world.  Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 22 global productions have been seen by more than 80 million people and, cumulatively, run a staggering 112 years.  Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), THE LION KING is only the second show in history to generate five productions worldwide running 10 or more years.  Translated into 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; Madrid; Melbourne, Australia; Mexico City; and on tour across North America and Japan, for a total of nine productions running concurrently across the globe.  Having played 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. 

The show’s director, costume designer and mask co-designer Julie Taymor continues to play an integral part in the show’s ongoing success.  The first woman to win a Tony Award for Direction of a Musical, Taymor has in recent years supervised new productions of the show around the world.

The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from "Rhythm of the Pride Lands," an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer.  The resulting sound of THE LION KING is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award®-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” to the haunting ballad “Shadowland.” 

The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed The Lion King animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay.  Other members of the creative team include:  Michael Curry, who designed the masks and puppets with Taymor, Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), John Stefaniuk (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor) and Doc Zorthian (production supervisor). Anne Quart serves as associate producer.

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The DPAC engagement of Disney’s THE LION KING is presented by arrangement with Nederlander and is a part of the Encore Broadway at DPAC series.