Joan Marcus, Handout photo
December 6, 2011
He's the benevolent king of the lions, father of the eventually heroic Simba and brother of the wicked, jealous Scar. To convey his imposing qualities in the musical required a mask with impact.
"We looked at the mythological symbols of strength in kings, and the sun features heavily in African culture," said Michael Curry, mask and puppet co-designer for the musical. "So we made Mufasa's face symmetrical, with the radiant lines of the sun. It's a message of strength and hope as well. It also became our logo."