We went inside the exhibit to check out the elaborate set pieces and costumes. Julie Taymor's creations are even more vivid and impressive face-to-face. You can inspect the details, explore their scale, and learn the secrets behind their design. You'll see the poles inside each of the elephant's legs, where four actors operate the animal. They also have certain costume pieces displayed on mannequins, so you can better understand how the actors wear and maneuver the puppets. Each has a clever mechanism to control the parts. The gazelles are on wheels, so one actor can move several at once. The cheetah and zebra puppets are worn like costumes, and in many cases equipped with buttons and rods, so the actors can control their mobility. (Click photos to enlarge.)
You'll find the exhibit a fascinating window into the world of extraordinary production. And while you're there, you can stock up on collectible Lion King souvenirs and apparel, as well as purchase tickets to current Disney productions on Broadway; The Lion King, Mary Poppins and Newsies. Make sure to visit their site for a full schedule of kids workshops on the masks, music and choreography of the musical, taking place over the next two weekends.
Inside The Lion King
Daily, 10am - 8pm
December 1 - December 16
1095 Sixth Avenue at 42nd Street