Disney Theatrical Productions will host open call auditions in Toronto for possible future replacements for both the Broadway and North American touring productions of Disney’s THE LION KING.
Auditions for male and female singers of all cultural backgrounds will occur on Monday, March 31 at Estonian House (958 Broadview Avenue, Toronto, ON).
Auditions for male and female dancers of all cultural backgrounds will occur on Monday, April 28 at Joy of Dance (95 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON).
SINGERS: Seeking strong dynamic singers between 18 – 35 years old for all roles including the African lions “Simba” and “Nala.”
WHEN: Monday, March 31, 2014 Sign-in begins at 9:30am and ends at 12:00pm
WHERE: Estonian House, 958 Broadview Avenue, Toronto, ON (Enter through the side doors to sign in.)
Singers must bring sheet music of a song that shows off their voice and range in 16 bars (standard, classic R & B); pianist provided. Singers should not perform standard Broadway theater music or material from THE LION KING. Singers must bring a recent picture and resume or list of performance experience.
MALE & FEMALE DANCERS
Seeking strong male and female dancers of all cultural backgrounds between 18 – 30 years old with a classical and modern dance background. Some male dancers require strong acrobatic skills.
Monday, April 28, 2014
Female Dancers Sign-In at 9.00am Auditions begin at 9:30am
Male Dancers Sign-In at 1:00pm Auditions begin at 1:30pm
Joy of Dance, 95 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON, Sign in on 3rd Floor
Male and female dancers must be warmed up and ready to dance at their respective date and time in flat jazz shoes or bare feet. Dancers may be asked to sing, so should bring sheet music and prepare a song that shows off their voice and range; pianist provided. Dancers should bring a recent picture and resume or list of performance experience.
Those unable to attend these auditions should send a headshot and a resume ASAP to:
Stephanie Gorin Casting, Inc.
Attn: The Lion King
62 Ellerbeck Street Lower Level, Toronto, M4K 2VI
For audition information visit www.lionkingcasting.com
THE LION KING will return to Toronto for a limited seven-week engagement at the Princess of Wales Theatre from April 30 – June 15, 2014. Tickets are still available and may be purchased online at www.mirvish.com, by phone by calling TicketKing at 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333 or in person at the Princess of Wales Theatre box office – 300 King Street West. Group orders of 15 or more may be placed by calling 416-593-4142 or 1-800-724-6420.
ABOUT THE LION KING
In its 17th year, THE LION KING remains ascendant; it is the highest-grossing Broadway show in New York history and 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 70 million people and, cumulatively, run a staggering 104 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, Mandarin, Spanish and Portuguese), productions of THE LION KING can currently be seen on Broadway and on tour across North America, the U.K., and Japan, and in London’s West End, Hamburg, Tokyo, Madrid, Sao Paulo, and Sydney, Australia. The Australian production marks the tenth concurrent worldwide production of THE LION KING, the highest number of productions running at any one time in the show’s history. To date, THE LION KING has played 18 countries on every continent except Antarctica.
Among the most successful titles in entertainment history, with a cumulative gross in excess of $5 billion, the stage production of THE LION KING has already earned more than the biggest hit films in movie history: more than the Lord of the Rings trilogy combined, more than the six Star Wars films combined, and more than Avatar and Titanic, the two highest-grossing films in movie history, combined.
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.
For more information worldwide, visit LionKing.com.