Returning to the home of its 2007 Wisconsin premiere, the eagerly anticipated production of Disney’s The Lion King is parading to Appleton’s Fox Cities Performing Arts Center (P.A.C.) from April 9–May 5.
The two and a half hour production features award-winning costumes, designers and the famous musical score by Elton John and Tim Rice. Tara Brzozowski, director of marketing and public relations at the Fox Cities P. A. C., says that 16 years after its Broadway opening, The Lion King has become one of the most popular stage musicals in the world.
“The production is so visually stunning, it’s so creative, and it’s something that you want to see over and over again,” Brzozowski says.
On April 22, ROAR, a one-time fundraising event, will help celebrate the organization’s 10-year anniversary. Proceeds will support mission-based activities at the Fox Cities P.A.C. This signature event is a unique opportunity for people who want to learn the secrets of The Lion King as participants go behind the scenes with the show’s cast and crew.
“[Participants can] learn about Pride Rock and the key pieces at work, hear more about the music from musicians, see neat puppetry up close and how they work in the show,” Brzozowski says.
Show times for The Lion King are Tuesday–Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 2pm and 7:30pm; Sunday, 1pm and 6:30pm, with a special matinee on May 2 at 2pm which replaces the 6:30pm show on May 5. Some performances have limited availability. ROAR seating is limited to 600 and tickets are expected to go quickly. Call the ticket office at 730-3760 for more information.
—By Sara Stein