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‘Lion King’ Pittsburgh run includes sensory-friendly performance

Shirley McMarlin
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is one of nine presenting arts organizations in the United States offering a sensory friendly performance of Disney’s “The Lion King” during the 2019-2020 season.

A sensory-friendly performance of Disney’s “The Lion King” will be included in the Sept. 4-29 run of the blockbuster musical in Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center, as part of the 2019-2020 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is partnering with Disney Theatrical Productions for the special performance at 2 p.m. Sept. 14.

Tickets are available at 412-456-2670 or trustarts.org/sensoryfriendly.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is one of nine presenting arts organizations around the country offering this special performance during the 2019-2020 season.

“In 2013, Pittsburgh was the second city outside of New York City to offer Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ as a sensory-friendly performance that was presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as part of the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series,” the trust says. “This event was a significant milestone for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust that also encouraged other local presenting arts organizations to offer similar programming for the community.

“Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ sensory-friendly performance is modeled after similar performances presented by the Theater Development Fund on Broadway. Slight adjustments to the production will be implemented, including low house lights, exclusion of strobe lighting, and softened sounds,” the trust says. “Specially trained volunteers will be available throughout the Benedum Center to provide audience support, and the lobby will offer quiet spaces and activity areas for families.”

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is working with local autism organizations, including Autism Connection of PA, and community liaisons on the project.

Since its 1997 premiere, “The Lion King” has become one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. More than 100 million people have seen its 25 global productions, performed in nine languages.

“The Lion King” won six 1998 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Choreography and Best Direction of a Musical.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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