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The Lion

September 29 – October 30

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

The Lion

The Lion

Written and Performed by Benjamin Scheuer
Directed by Sean Daniels

"The best musical I've seen this year!" —The Huffington Post

THE LION, the Drama Desk Award-winning piece, written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer, has redefined the genre of musical theatre.  Directed by Sean Daniels, the staging keeps the focus on Scheuer, a “mesmerising guitarist,” whose songs are “awfully well-constructed and exactingly played; there’s a hint of Paul Simon in Scheuer’s easy, knowing lyrics and disciplined musicianship.” (Washington Post.) Scheuer plays six different guitars, including a 1929 Martin, a Les Paul and a Froggy Bottom H-12. Tracing his quest to better understand the emotional intricacies of his father, Scheuer “gets to the heart of the matter” (The NYTimes) leading the audience on his heart-felt journey to manhood, sharing the ups and downs of his life through beautifully poignant melodies in an autobiographical 15-song cycle. Much like its hero, THE LION roars.

Production Sponsor
Theatre Forward

Artist Sponsors for Benjamin Scheuer: Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust


"Only the hardest hearted could resist." —The New York Times

"The best musical I've seen this year!" —The Huffington Post

"Benjamin Scheuer might be singing about his life, but really, he's singing about all of us." —Theatremania




Insight Seminar

This series provides Old Globe patrons with an opportunity to closely connect with productions both onstage and backstage. A panel selected from the artistic company of each show (playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and/or technicians) engages patrons in an informal and illuminating presentation of ideas and insights to enhance the theatre going experience. Each Insights Seminar takes place 90 minutes before curtain time on the Tuesday after performances begin, and includes an informal reception 30 minutes before the start. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Tuesday, October 4 at 5:30 p.m.


Post-Show Forums

Join us after the show for an informal and enlightening question-and-answer session with writer/performer Benjamin Scheuer. Get the "inside story" on creating a character and putting together a professional production. Post-show forums are scheduled after select Tuesday and Wednesday evening performances. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Tuesday, October 11

Tuesday, October 18

Wednesday, October 26