The Tony Award-winning Broadway show “Disney’s The Lion King” just opened at Mandalay Bay and anyone who sees the show’s elaborate sets and intricate costumes will realize that it must take a lot of work behind the scenes to stage the production.
There are 143 people directly involved with the daily production of the show – 53 cast members, 21 musicians, 17 wardrobe people, five hair/make-up artists, three puppet craftsmen, 13 carpenters, 10 electricians, eight administrative people, six creative associates, four props people and three sound people.
Some more amazing facts about “Disney’s The Lion King:”
- There are more than 200 puppets in the show, including rod puppets, shadow puppets, and full-sized puppets
- There are 25 kinds of animals, birds, fish, and insects represented in the show
- There are 12 bird kites in the opening number of Act II, “One By One”
- It took 17,000 hours to build the puppets and masks
- Mufasa’s mask weighs 11 ounces
- Scar’s mask weighs nine ounces
- The most complicated set piece is Pride Rock. It is a battery powered piece that is 18 feet long at its fullest onstage and compresses to eight feet when it is offstage
- The tallest animals in the show are the 18-foot exotic giraffes seen in “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”
- The tiniest animal is the trick mouse at the end of Scar’s cane: five inches
- The longest animal is an elephant: 13 feet long, 11 feet, 3 inches high, and nine feet wide at the ears. It collapses to 34 inches wide to go down the aisle in the theatres
- 300 feet of carbon fiber and 750 pounds of silicone rubber were used to make the masks
- The Timon puppet weighs 15 pounds
- Number of wigs in the show: 49