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Tiny Desk Live performance : NPR


Actors and musicians on Broadway have a grueling efficiency schedule: eight reveals per week with solely Mondays off. But the band and forged of The Lion King have been ecstatic to spend their one free day touring from New York to Washington, D.C. to have fun 25 years of the enduring musical with a efficiency at NPR’s Tiny Desk.

Most of the songs written by Elton John and Tim Rice might be acquainted — just like the Oscar-winning “Can You Really feel the Love Tonight” and “Hakuna Matata.” However the forged additionally handled the enthusiastic Tiny Desk crowd to songs written only for the stage. “They Dwell In You” wasn’t within the unique film, however is sung within the present by Mufasa (L. Steven Taylor) to his cub Simba (Brandon A. McCall). The younger lioness Nala sings “Shadowland”, one other gem from the musical sung by Pearl Khwezi (the primary South African forged within the position).

Infused all through the music of The Lion King is spine-tingling African rhythm and language. It is as fascinating because the groundbreaking costume design by director, co-writer and artist Julie Taymor. The staff at Disney Theatrical despatched the masks of Simba and Nala in time to be prominently displayed on the desk throughout the live performance. Inspecting their particulars up shut gave me chills — identical to those I felt watching the present on the New Amsterdam Theatre, method again in 1997 when the musical first debuted.

SET LIST

  • “Circle of Life”
  • “They Dwell in You”
  • “Can You Really feel the Love Tonight”
  • “Hakuna Matata”
  • “Countless Night time / Shadowland”
  • “Circle of Life” (Reprise)

MUSICIANS

CAST

  • L. Steven Taylor
  • Tshidi Manye
  • Brandon A. McCall
  • Pearl Khwezi
  • Lindiwe Dlamini
  • Mduduzi Madela
  • S’bu Ngema

MUSICIANS

  • Jim Abbott: keyboard, guitar
  • Anders Bostrom: flutes
  • David Kuhn: bass
  • Rolando Morales-Matos: percussion
  • Juan Carlito Mendoza: drums

Music Preparations

The Lion King Broadway Resident Director

TINY DESK TEAM

  • Producer/Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin 
  • Director/Editor: Kara Body 
  • Inventive Director: Bob Boilen 
  • Collection Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Videographers: Kara Body, Maia Stern, Joshua Bryant, Sofia Seidel
  • Animator: Jackie Lay
  • Audio Assistant: Natasha Department
  • Manufacturing Assistant: Jill Britton
  • Tiny Desk Staff: Suraya Mohamed, Marissa Lorusso, Hazel Cills, Ashley Pointer
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann
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