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A 'Lion King' gift

September 25, 2009|David Ng

Costumes from the Tony-winning Broadway production of "The Lion King" now have a permanent home in one of the country's largest museums.

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History has acquired objects from the musical's costume wardrobe designed by Julie Taymor. The gift from Disney Theatrical Productions includes items worn by the characters of Simba and the tribal shaman Rafiki.

Simba's lion mask and headdress plus Rafiki's costume, custom shoes and hat will join the museum's permanent entertainment collections.

The gift from Disney was made on the occasion of the show's reaching the 50 million worldwide attendance mark. "The Lion King" has been produced in 13 countries, including Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Mexico, Australia, China, Taiwan, South Africa and South Korea.

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David Ng

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