The Lion King
The Lion King proved this week once again that it is… king. In terms of ticket sales, anyway. Its number one slot comes as the musical is celebrating its 15th birthday. Counting its touring production, the Broadway classic has proved to fans in its some 8,000 performances that it’s a timeless classic. The first show occurred back in 2002 in Denver — it has since traveled to nearly 80 cities and has entertained a combined audience of 19 million, according to Playbill.
Floating in on a magic carpet at number 2 this week is Aladdin, another familiar Disney classic. Now playing in Chicago as well, Aladdin is garnering good reviews from those whose familiarity with the musical has become hazy through the years, particularly as it relates to stage design and performance.
“It ranks as one of the more glorious and stunning stage spectacles with the power to seduce audiences to take a carpet ride to the Windy Cindy,” wrote Phil Potempa recently in the Chicago Tribune. “In fact, I’m still trying to figure out how the show’s producers and designers manage to make the genie’s magic carpet float miraculously around the stage.”
Last year, the Tony Awards were dubbed the “HamilTony Awards.” This year, not so much.
In 2016, Hamilton was nominated for 16 awards and took home the prize for 11 categories. It took top honors for Best Musical, while also securing Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Best Direction of a Musical (Thomas Kail).
While fans are clearly still flocking to the stage to experience Hamilton, it didn’t make a splash this year at the Tony Awards. Not because its performance diminished, but simply because it already won everything.
Hello, Tony’s! Let’s take a look at the 10 Tony Award nominations for the 1964 Broadway classic:
Best Revival of a Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (David Hyde Pierce)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Bette Midler)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Gavin Creel)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Kate Baldwin)
Best Direction of a Musical (Jerry Zaks)
Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman)
Best Costume Design of a Musical (Santo Loquasto)
Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Santo Loquasto)
Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Natasha Katz)
A (somewhat) fresh face to the lineup this week is Anastasia, which rounded it out in the number 5 position. Let’s break down the Broadway classic’s Tony Awards:
Best Costume Design of a Musical (Linda Cho)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Mary Beth Peil)
Go ahead, find tickets for your favorite musical!