18 months after the shutdown of Broadway, The Lion King will exclusively partner with TikTok to stream the production’s iconic opening number, “Circle Of Life!”
The live stream event will begin at 7:00pm EST on September 14 and can be viewed on the Disney on Broadway TikTok account, @DisneyOnBroadway.
The live stream will include a pre-show hosted by Broadway cast member Adrienne Walker (Nala) that will bring viewers behind the scenes to meet the people who bring The Lion King to life on a daily basis. The stream will culminate with a live feed of “Circle Of Life” from the Minskoff Theater, giving fans across the globe the chance to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience that would otherwise be limited to the 1,700 guests inside the theater that night. The live stream event is in support of The Actors Fund, which has provided more than $22.7 million in direct financial assistance to more than 16,700 people since the beginning of the Broadway shutdown.
Angelo Desimini, Disney Theatrical Productions VP, Marketing, Publicity, Sales & Education, said, “We are thrilled to welcome audiences back to Broadway. But realizing that only 1,700 guests would get to experience our first performance in the theatre, we wanted to find a way for everyone to be part of this historic Broadway moment. Partnering with TikTok allows us to literally bringThe Lion King into the hands of theatre lovers wherever they are to share in this once-in-a-lifetime evening.”
"TikTok has become a home for Broadway and musical theatre lovers around the world, so we are excited to celebrate this milestone for the industry as the lights go back up on stages,” said Catherine Halaby, Entertainment Content Partnerships Lead, TikTok. “With our partners, we are bringing the most innovative, entertaining, and creative content to the thriving musical theatre community on platform. By partnering with major productions likeThe Lion King, along with our community of creators and top Broadway stars, we want to bring Broadway entertainment to everyone and provide an inside look into the talent and magic of musical theater."