There was a time when The Lion King on Broadway was the hottest musical of the year, and people were lining up for the chance to see this spectacular production. But times have changed since the play first opened, and The Lion King has fallen somewhat out of favour. So is there any chance the show could return?
Well, not really. If anything, tickets for the play that just closed in January are hard to find these days. It’s not that the show hasn’t delivered over the past few years, it’s just that its popularity has waned. This has been good news for those in search of a Broadway musical revival – but not so much for those looking to see The Lion King. Although the play has had some recent bad press, perhaps its box office success has more to do with the box office success of the Harry Potter film franchise than its quality as a musical.
Perhaps the casting change was the beginning of the end for The Lion King on Broadway. Before then, Aaron Katz was cast as King MoreAndOnlineah. According to a New York Times report at the time, Aaron Katz “wasn’t happy with the part because he felt it wasn’t very honest or true to the story”. So what exactly happened?
Well, firstly, M Atkinson took to twitter to air his dissatisfaction. He said that he had been cast as the evil Scar, which is fitting as the character was inspired by Scarface. Then he followed up by tweeting about how rotten the play was, and how he was leaving the theatre. All this came after he was spotted leaving the theatre during a break.
Tom Kittel was then announced as the new lead role. Tom was seen at rehearsal a few weeks later. It was rumoured that he had been hired straight from school https://www.disgracedonbroadway.com/ to give the play the authentic “schooling” that Broadway so often requires of its young stars. Tom was seen wearing a suit that matched the play, and that he had come straight from school. Tom was also seen carrying a large bag, similar to the one carried by Marlon Brando in Casino.
In his second week of playing the lead role, Tom realised that the wig he was wearing was far from fitting right. So he decided to shave it all off. Tom continued to wear the wig throughout rehearsals and until he got home on the last night of the play. Many of the other players, as well as the director thought that Tom was simply trying to get out there and play again.
Tom was seen driving his car on the way to the theatre on the final day of the run. On that same evening, his mother called him and asked him if he had enjoyed himself. Tom said he had, and then hung up the phone. Nobody answered the door, and Tom just walked away. An hour later a security guard found Tom slumped in his car, dead from a shot to the back of his head. The official word was that Tom died of a drug overdose.
After reading all of the tabloids, it seems that Tom was just a regular guy who acted in these shows for fun. Then one day, he decided to go to rehab so he could clean up his act. It is too bad that he didn’t get to see what Broadway is like, because it seems like he would have been a good fit. What are you waiting for? Grab your tickets for Broadway or Lenny Bruce today!