The Lion, a one-man folk musical telling a true story of survival, will open the Arizona Theater Company’s 55th season after it airs at London’s Southwark Playhouse. The show will be directed by Kasser Family Artistic Director Sean Daniels alongside Alex Stenhouse, with actor, singer and musician Max Alexander-Taylor in the lead role of Ben. This is the first revival of Benjamin Scheuer’s Drama Desk Award-winning autobiographical show, originally directed by Daniels in 2015.
It is also ATC’s first London co-production in over two decades. It was co-produced in London with Danielle Tarento Productions, and in the United States with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, in association with Tarento Production.
“At ATC, we are committed to bringing the best in the world to our state,” Daniels said. “We are honored to work with such an esteemed co-director and actor, and we are thrilled that Arizona audiences will see Benjamin Scheuer’s profound and moving musical comedy about how great things can come from horrible things. .”
With guitar in hand, Scheuer confronts the turbulent journey of his life, from a childhood breakup to his own brush with mortality. Through 70 minutes of songs, monologues and virtuoso guitar playing, Scheuer tells an inspiring story of love, loss, despair and hope that reminds us how, even in our darkest times, music, family and community can help us find our true voice. and the strength of ‘Putting the Storm’. Max Alexander-Taylor appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association. The producers would like to thank the Actors’ Equity Association for their assistance in this production.
Scheuer is an American songwriter and recipient of the 2021 Kleban Award for Lyrics. The Lion won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance; as well as the Off-West-End award for Best New Musical. Scheuer’s album “Songs from ‘The Lion'” was released in 2016 (Warner/ADA), along with four music videos (directed by Bafta and Emmy winner Peter Baynton) which won awards including Best commissioned film at the Annecy Film Festival, and two consecutive Audience Choices for Best Music Video at the British Animation Awards. Originally from New York, Scheuer lives in London with his wife and daughter.
The show will run September 24 through October 15 at the Temple of Music and Art (330 S. Scott Ave.) in Tucson and October 20 through November 6 at the Herberger Theater Center (222 E. Monroe St.) in Phoenix.
Tickets go on sale August 15 and prices start at $25. Tickets can be purchased at ATC.org.
About Arizona Theater Company
Arizona Theater Company performances bring people together to experience essential stories, from reimagined classics to contemporary plays, original works and innovative musicals fostering ongoing conversation beyond the walls of the theater. Founded in 1966 and celebrating its 54th season, ATC is led by Kasser Family Artistic Director Sean Daniels and General Manager Geri Wright. ATC operates in two major cities and is Arizona’s premier professional theater, recognized as the official state theater.