Airing Tonight, Thursday, April 27 at 10pm (EST) on CBS 

Disney’s The Lion King 

Featured in “The Last Last Late Late Show with James Corden  Carpool Karaoke Special”  

Airing Tonight, Thursday, April 27 at 10pm (EST) on CBS 

Watch James Corden and Tom Cruise’s Epic Musical Performance in The Lion King 

The Record-Breaking Tour, Currently Playing The Stranahan Theater in  Toledo Through May 7, also Celebrates its 21st Anniversary on April 27 

James Corden as “Timon” and Tom Cruise as “Pumbaa.” Photo by Terence Patrick 

Toledo, OH – Disney’s The Lion King will be featured in “The Last Last Late Late Show with  James Corden Carpool Karaoke Special,” a primetime special celebrating the final night of James  Corden’s groundbreaking late-night series, airing on CBS tonight, Thursday, April 27 at 10pm  (EST). The multiple Emmy Award-winning late-night host reunites with global superstar Tom  Cruise for an epic musical performance in the international award-winning phenomenon.  

The Lion King North American tour, which has played nearly 10,000 performances during 240  engagements in 92 cities to more than 23 million theatergoers, celebrates its 21st anniversary on  Thursday, April 27 in Toledo at The Stranahan Theater, where the record-breaking tour is playing through May 7, 2023.  

In Toledo, The Lion King plays Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8:00 p.m.,  Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Premium Ticket Packages,  which include a prime seat location, a souvenir program, and a cinch bag, are also available. Tickets are available now at,, by calling 419-381-8851, or in person at the Stranahan Theater box office. Group ticket savings for 10+ are available by contacting 

About The Lion King 

After 25 landmark years on Broadway, The Lion King continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its premiere on November 13, 1997, 27 global productions have been seen by over 112 million people. Produced by Disney Theatrical  Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), The Lion King has made theatrical history with six productions worldwide running 15 or more years, with four of those running 20  or more years.

Disney’s The Lion King US North American Tour, Rafiki Tour opening night October 26 2017 at the Landmark Theatre, Syracuse cast: Gerald Caesar (Simba), Nia Holloway (Nala), Gerald Ramsey (Mufasa), Mark Campbell (Scar), Buyi Zama (Rafiki), Greg Jackson (Zazu), Nick Cordileone (Timon), Ben Lipitz (Pumbaa), Keith Bennett (Banzai), Martina Sykes (Shenzi), Robbie Swift (Ed)

Performed over its lifetime in nine different languages (English, Japanese, German, Korean,  French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin, and Portuguese), productions of The Lion King can currently be seen on Broadway; London’s West End; Paris; Hamburg; Tokyo; Madrid; and on tour across  North America and the U.K. & Ireland for a total of eight productions running concurrently across the globe. Having played over 100 cities in 24 countries on every continent except Antarctica,  The Lion King’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show, or other entertainment titles in box office history.  

The Lion King won six 1998 Tony Awards®: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard  Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best  Choreography (Garth Fagan), and Best Direction of a Musical. The Lion King has also earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best  Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year, and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design. 

The show’s director, costume designer, and mask co-designer Julie Taymor continues to play an integral part in the show’s ongoing success. The first woman to win a Tony Award for Direction of a Musical, Taymor supervises new productions of the show around the world. 

The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s songs from the Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo  M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor, and Hans Zimmer; and music from “Rhythm of the Pride Lands,” an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark  Mancina, and Hans Zimmer. The resulting sound of The Lion King is a fusion of Western popular  music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award®– 

winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” to Lebo M’s rich choral numbers. 

Elton John, Lebo M, and Hans Zimmer all collaborated on the 2019 version of the film, executive produced by Julie Taymor and Thomas Schumacher, which has gone on to extraordinary worldwide success. 

The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed the animated The Lion King feature,  and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay. Other members of the creative team include Michael Curry, who designed the masks and puppets with Taymor, Steve Canyon  Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), Anthony Lyn (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor), Lisa  Dawn Cave (production supervisor), Thomas Schlenk (general manager) and ARC/Mark  Brandon, CSA (casting). Anne Quart serves as co-producer. 

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