There’s no end to the popularity of The Lion King, which broke box office records on the weekend in its latest movie version. It’s a good time to appreciate the original stage show, especially the costumes, designed by Broadway producer and director Julie Taymor.
Taymor also co-designed the masks for the stage production, Broadway’s highest-grossing show of all time. It won six 1998 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical, making Taymor the first woman in theatrical history to receive the honour.
Taymor also won a Tony Award for Costume Design.
Below, a couple of Taymor’s original sketches.
Mufasa and Scar, below.
One of Julie Taymor’s renderings, this one for the grasslands.
Below, a grasslands scene.
This short promo is a superb flypast of key costumes.
Here’s a more in-depth (5-minute) look at the Broadway costumes, with sketches.
Julie Taymor website, here.
A feature on Taymor, here.