BroadwayCon: 9 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of ‘The Lion King’ – Variety

The second annual BroadwayCon fan convention launched Jan. 27 with a headline panel about  “The Lion King,” the musical-theater phenomenon celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. At Manhattan’s Javits Center, BroadwayCon enlisted Julie Taymor, the director and designer of “The Lion King,” for a public conversation about the origins of the show, from its conception to its 1997 Minneapolis tryout to the Broadway premiere later that year. Disney Theatrical president and producer Thomas Schumacher, pinch-hitting for the previously announced Whoopi Goldberg (who was ill), moderated. Here are nine factoids that emerged from their discussion.

1. Schumacher initially thought it was a ridiculous idea.
It was Michael Eisner, the chairman of Disney at the time, who suggested “The Lion King” would make a great musical. “I told him it was the stupidest idea I…

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