Rosie's Theater Kids, a performing arts program for students from New York City's public schools, will honour the Broadway musical The Lion King on the occasion of the show's 20th anniversary at RTKids' annual fall gala.
The event starts at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, November 6, at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square.
Rosie O'Donnell, who founded Rosie's Theater Kids with Artistic and Executive Director Lori Klinger, states, "When I attended the opening night of The Lion King in 1997, it was one of the most thrilling performances that I have ever experienced in the theater. Over the past 20 years, The Lion King has sparked joy and challenged the next generation to new levels of artistic, academic and personal success. Director Julie Taymor's artistic vision demonstrates the possibilities for new voices on Broadway and beyond, and provides our students a model of excellence. Since RTKids' inception in 2003, Disney Theatrical Productions, and specifically Thomas Schumacher, have offered tremendous support to RTKids. I'm thrilled to pay tribute to the show's anniversary."
Founded in 2003 by O'Donnell and Klinger, Rosie's Theater Kids is a non-profit organisation dedicated to enriching the lives of underserved students through the arts with both in-school and after-school programming. Its scholarship program is called ACTE II (''A Commitment to Excellence'').