Saturday, September 26, 2009

Washington, D.C.: Costumes from 'The Lion King' musical donated to Smithsonian ~ "He Lives In You" (CAST)

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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.

The Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex and research organization composed of 19 museums, 9 research centers, and the National Zoo. Admission is free for all Smithsonian museums and the zoo in Washington, D.C., and the American Indian Museum's George Gustav Heye Center in New York. Tickets are not used for general admission.

A fee is required at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York (Members and children under age 12 are admitted free).

Begin your Smithsonian exploration at the Smithsonian Information Center in the Institution's first building, popularly known as the Castle, which is open daily 8:30am-5:30pm. This distinctive red, sandstone building is centrally located on the National Mall at 1000 Jefferson Dr., SW, Washington, DC, and may be entered from either Jefferson Drive on the north or through the Enid A. Haupt Garden on the south.

The Center serves as the focal point for information about the Institution's 17 museums and National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and 2 museums in New York City. Visitors may choose from several information options. Helpful Volunteer Information Specialists are on hand to answer questions and provide direction. A free orientation video is shown throughout the day. Captioned interactive video programs on the Smithsonian Institution (in various languages) convey information at a touch.

Free public wireless Internet access is available in the Information Center and in the Enid A. Haupt Garden.

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