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Disney's The Lion King

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Disney Theatrical Productions and BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center announced today that tickets for the long-awaited return engagement of DISNEY’S THE LION KING will go on sale to the public on Friday, December 2 at 10:00 a.m.

Houston’s most eagerly awaited return will once again leap onto the Hobby Center stage on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, for a limited engagement of four weeks through Sunday, July 23, 2017. The opening night is Thursday, June 29, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

In Houston, THE LION KING will play Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Please note there will be a 7:30 p.m. performance on Monday, July 3 and there will not be a performance on Tuesday, July 4. VIP Ticket Packages are also available and include the best seats in the theatre, a commemorative souvenir program and a VIP show merchandise item. Beginning Friday, December 2, tickets will be available at the Hobby Center Box Office (800 Bagby, Houston, Texas 77002), all Ticketmaster outlets, and online at or To charge tickets, call (800) 982-2787. Orders for groups of ten (10) or more may be placed by calling 888-451-5986 or sending an e-mail to

Ticket buyers are reminded that the Hobby Center and Ticketmaster outlets are the only official retail ticket outlets for all performances at the Hobby Center. Ticket buyers who purchase tickets from a ticket broker or any third party should be aware that the Hobby Center 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 17 million theatergoers and grossed over $1.2 billion to date. Having already played more than 70 cities across North America, THE LION KING now proudly makes its Houston return at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. The current tour route is listed below.


In its 19th year, THE LION KING continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 24 global productions have been seen by more than 85 million people. 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; Mexico City; Shanghai, Scheveningen and on tour across North America, 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.

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 Houston engagement of Disney’s THE LION KING is presented by arrangement with the Hobby Center Foundation and is a Season Option of the BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center series.


San Francisco – The Orpheum Theatre November 2 – December 31, 2016

New Orleans – The Saenger Theatre January 4 – 29, 2017

Detroit – The Detroit Opera House February 1 – 26, 2017

Providence – Providence Performing Arts Center February 28 – March 19, 2017

Salt Lake City – The Eccles Theater March 23 – April 16, 2017

St. Louis – The Fox Theatre April 19 – May 7, 2017

Oklahoma City – Civic Center Music Hall May 9 – 28, 2017

Greenville – The Peace Center for the Performing Arts May 31 – June 25, 2017

Houston – The Hobby Center June 27 – July 23, 2017


THE LION KING will play in Houston at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts June 27-July 23, 2017. The performance schedule is as follows:

June 27-July 23, 2017

Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays Fridays



*Monday, July 3, 2017 **Tuesday, July 4, 2017

7:30 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m.; 8:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.; 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

No performance

Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. For more information, please visit