'Lion King' coming to Wichita in fall 2012

The hit Broadway musicals "Young Frankenstein" and "Mamma Mia!" will be among the highlights of Theater League's 2011-2012 season, and the company will bring Disney's "The Lion King" to Wichita in fall of 2012.

Theater League, which brings touring Broadway musicals to Wichita and other cities, unveiled its new lineup Friday.

"The Lion King" is based on the 1994 Disney animated film of the same name with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice.

The production is able to be staged in Wichita, officials said, partially because of a recent $2.3 million renovation of the Century II Concert Hall that included new seats.

The seats in the center of the hall now are removable, said Angela Cato, marketing director for the Wichita Arts & Cultural Services division, and Disney's "The Lion King" requires a middle aisle for a parade that proceeds from the back of the auditorium at the beginning of the show.

The number of performances of "The Lion King" still has not been determined. Ticket prices and sale dates also were not released.

Theater League also revealed that the musicals "Young Frankenstein" and "Mamma Mia!" would be part of its 2011-2012 season.

"Young Frankenstein" is a Broadway musical based on the Mel Brooks movie of the same name. It will be performed at Century II Dec. 5-7.

"Mamma Mia!" is a musical based on the songs by the pop group ABBA. It will be presented on Feb. 7-9, 2012.

Other shows in the 2011-2012 season will be "Rock of Ages," which opens the season Nov. 8-10, and Blue Man Group, on April 6-8, 2012. "Rock of Ages" is a story set in 1987 on the Sunset Strip, where a small-town girl and a big-city rocker fall in love to the music of the 1980s. Blue Man Group is billed as a theatrical experience that combines music, comedy and technology.

Theater League's 2010-2011 season closes with "Spamalot" on March 22-24 and "The Color Purple" on April 26-28.

To buy season tickets to Theater League, go to www.theaterleague.com or call 800-776-7469.