“The Lion King” at Hammons Hall Now Through March 10

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Disney’s “The Lion King” begins tonight at Juanita K. Hammons Hall and will run through March 10.

The musical first hit Broadway in November of 1997, and has entertained over 95 million audience members since. The story of self-discovery and the circle of life has garnered six Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

“I think that it is a timeless story that everyone can relate to. When you see it the first time, you might relate to one character, you see it a second time you relate to a different character,” said Gerald Ramsey who plays the role of Mufasa in the show. “At the end of the day its about the circle of life, and we all have to go through that circle.”

Audience members can expect a re-imagined take on the story, featuring costumes in indigenous mask-making style. 

Cast members of “The Lion King” say the show still leaves them in awe, and they even get nervous before the musical begins.

“I still think about my family every show– there’s a scene where Mufasa is explaining to his son how even though people pass on, they still live in you,” reflected Ramsey. “Before [playing] Mufasa, I was more like a young Simba– a young man kind of going through life for myself, but playing Mufasa I feel like I’m representing who I come from not just where I come from.”
 
Tickets are still available for upcoming shows on hammonshall.com
 

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