A new exhibit called “Inside the Lion King” is available for free for the first half of December in New York City, and offers visitors an immersive, inside look at the famed Broadway musical.
The exhibit is located on 42nd Street and Avenue of the Americas adjacent to Bryant Park, and features 86 museum quality artifacts. These include hand-made puppets, artisan costumes and sculpted masks, as well as sets from various “Lion King” productions from around the world.
Here’s what producers have said about the show:
Visitors will be able to get up close with items, ranging from an eight-inch shadow puppet to a 13-foot-tall elephant and a 17-foot-tall ostrich, all of which reveal the intricate design and detail that are the fruition of Julie Taymor’s Tony Award-winning artistry and vision.”
“Inside the Lion King” celebrates the 15th anniversary of the premiere of “The Lion King” on Broadway. The exhibit is offered from December 1-16, and is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. During that time, Disney teaching artists will hold two special weekend workshops on December 8-9 and December 15-16. During these weekends, the artists will be on-site to provide an inside look at the art used in “The Lion King.”
In addition to the artifacts, touch screen tablets also will be set up at various stations for fans to explore what inspired the creation of the art on exhibit.
The New York Times reports that the cost of the exhibit, including marketing and promotional costs is around $500,000.
“We’re on the hunt for ideas that are nontraditional, that explain more about what’s in the show,” said Disney Theatrical Group executive vice president and managing director David Schrader. He also said that if the current presentation is successful in Manhattan, “we can imagine it in other markets.”