BALTIMORE (WJZ)– One of the most popular shows on and off Broadway is headed back to the Hippodrome.

Jessica Kartalija reports “The Lion King” has become an award-winning musical worldwide.

Before the lights, crews are hard at work setting the stage for what’s become one of the most popular shows in the country, Broadway’s award-winning best musical, “The Lion King.”

“Most are made of carbon fiber and are very, very light,” said head carpenter Michael Carey. “It’s not your traditional show. There’s over 250 puppets in the show and not the puppets you think of, but where the people– the cast– become the puppet.”

It takes 17 trailers to move the show from city to city. Inside those trailers are puppets, scenery, costumes and props.

Carey has traveled around the world with “The Lion King.”

“It’s about 8,500 pounds, all told,” he explained.

He gave WJZ an exclusive look at Pride Rock– a radio-controlled centerpiece of the entire performance.

“It’s the high point of the kingdom,” he said. “It’s where he observes everything and it’s really full of hidden meaning in the show itself, not just a scenic element.”

Now, in its fourteenth year, “The Lion King” has won six Tony awards.

Performances begin Friday, with ticket prices starting at $22.


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