Whoopi Goldberg in the Lion King

Whoopi Goldberg, comedienne, actress and co-host on ABC’s “The View” performed in the Lion King for one night only. Goldberg took the stage on Thursday, January 14th at the Minkskoff Theatre. She enacted several roles, generally backed up by another cast member, including Rafiki, a hyena and a “bird lady.” This segment will appear on “The View” on January 20th.

The Lion King is a 1994 American animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation. Released to theaters on June 15, 1994 by Walt Disney Pictures, it is the 32nd film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. The story, which was influenced by the Bible stories of Joseph and Moses and the William Shakespeare play Hamlet, takes place in a kingdom of anthropomorphic animals in Africa. The film was the highest grossing animated film of all time until the release of Finding Nemo (a Disney/Pixar computer-animated film). The Lion King still holds the record as the highest grossing traditionally animated film in history and belongs to an era known as the Disney Renaissance. It was then turned into a very successful broadway musical which has had over 10,000 showings.

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