Transforming people into animals and scenery from the African Savannah is no easy feat, but the Lion King makes it look easy.
All this week we are taking you back stage at the Lion King in Kalamazoo, seeing the amazing details that go into the Broadway show.
Head wardrobe supervisor, Gregory Young, has been with the Lion King since the stage show started in New York in 1997. He says hours of work were put into each costume you see on stage.
"It's amazing. Julie Taymor did a great job of transforming performers, [because] when you think about it, there are no people in the show, they're all animals or some kind of plant,” Young said.
Young took us back stage at Miller Auditorium to the changing area for the actors.
He started as a dresser in the original Lion King show on Broadway and has been with the tour as the wardrobe supervisor for 9 years.
He says every night there are 250 costumes on stage, and that doesn't count the 250 puppets also used in the Lion King.
The costumes are extremely detailed. Young showed us the hand-craft designs of costumes for the lions, hyenas, wildebeest, birds, and flowers; all of them as unique as the animals they're portraying.
"This is one of the lioness collars, necklaces. And there are 16 different designs, so there's 16 different colorways. No one lioness has the same colors or stripes, so this is one lioness right here. You can see the difference in this design and color,” Young said.
If you want to see those costumes for yourself, the Lion King runs at Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo through Sunday and there are limited tickets left.