Pictorial: ‘Disney’s The Lion King’ Loads In at TPAC’s Jackson Hall

As Tennessee Performing Arts Center prepares to host Disney’s The Lion King once more ArtsNash got a peek at some of the work that will ultimately transform Jackson Hall into the African setting of the remarkable 1997 musical that Julie Taymor, Elton John, Tim Rice and their colleagues crafted from new material as well as elements of the 1994 movie of the same name. North American Tour Head Carpenter Billy Kimbley met with the press Friday; he is part of an advance crew that has been working in Nashville since Monday to prepare for the show’s May 7 opening (press night is May 9 and ArtsNash will have a review after that) while the tour finishes a run in Appleton, Wisc. Part of that preparation includes Pride Rock, a set piece weighing 8,000 pounds which has movable stairs and glides along a track by remote control. The Nashville run continues through June 2; click here to get tickets. And now some shots from Rick Malkin’s camera:

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About Rick Malkin

Rick Malkin is a professional photographer and drummer who loves the arts and regularly performs with other musicians at Boiler Room Theatre and elsewhere while shooting publicity stills for many performing arts productions. He owns and operates Rick Malkin Photography.