May 2 — June 14, 2015
In the Ellyn Bye Studio

Previews are May 2-7 | Opening night May 8
Written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer
Directed by Sean Daniels

One man, six guitars, and a true story of love, loss, family loyalty, and the redemptive power of music. Hailed as “the best new musical” by the Huffington Post and “absolutely the best original musical of the year” by The Stage in London, writer/performer Benjamin Scheuer (winner of the ASCAP Cole Porter Award for songwriting) shares his gripping coming-of-age tale.

Reviews from the New York performances at the Lynn Redgrave Theater:

“A genuine knock-’em-dead show, The Lion…far and away the best new musical in town.”

“Mr. Scheuer seems to have found a measure of redemption by exposing his own heart, with a directness and good humor that only the hardest-hearted could resist.” The New York Times

“Anyone who missed The Lion the first time around is advised to see it now. Anyone who didn’t miss it the first time around is also advised to see it again.” The Huffington Post

General Performance Times:
Evenings: Tuesday - Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Thursdays at noon
View our season calendar.

Run Time:
Approximately 75 minutes; no intermission.

Who’s Who:
View the cast and creative team bios.

Explore the playbill.

The Lion is recommended for ages 13+; contains mature language. Children under 6 are not permitted at any PCS production. There is no late seating or re-entry in the Ellyn Bye Studio. This production contains guitar virtuosity and family stories that may make you want to tell your father how much you love him.

Photo © 2014 Nilaya Sabnis. Video: “The Lion” by Benjamin Scheuer & Escapist Papers

Performance Times

Evenings: Tuesday - Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.,
Thursdays at noon

*Note: These are general performance times. Certain productions may have exceptions. View the season calendar for more information.

This show's run time will be posted below the synopsis at left near the date of the first performance.

Production blog

Drama Desk Award Winner

Drama Desk Award Winner

01 June 2015 & Posted by Lindsay Pfeifer

Our very own Benjamin Scheuer won a Drama Desk Award! #PCSproud



01 June 2015 & Posted by Lindsay Pfeifer

The creative thought process behind our fun bar menu.


Fans Are Loving Benjamin Scheuer and “The Lion”

19 May 2015 & Posted by Lindsay Pfeifer

Some of our favorite social media posts praising Benjamin Scheuer and The Lion.



Art and photography for The Lion. View on Flickr »

Reviews and Features

Krista Garver | Broadway World [Review 14 May 2015]

Utterly Captivating

“Scheuer is an incredibly talented songwriter and guitarist and, with his big smile and tousled hair, wildly charismatic. It’s impossible not to fall in love him and this wonderful show.”

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Fiona McCann | Portland Monthly Magazine [Review 14 May 2015]

It’s a testament to the power of music

“Scheuer brings humor as well as heart to his finely balanced performance.”

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Martha Chartreuse | [Review 14 May 2015]


“With a brogu-ish voice, flirtatious smile and twinkle in his eye, and GQ-worthy locks Ben is engaging and draws you into the truth of his life. His songs had me bopping along, laughing, and wiping empathetic tears from my cheeks.”

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William Bessette | [Review 14 May 2015]

The Lion arrives with a roar

“It’s a whirlwind of a tale that will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride you aren’t soon to forget.”

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Judy Nedry | [Review 14 May 2015]

A small show that delivers a huge punch

“Reminiscent of Storm Large’s Crazy Enough ... there is a familiar arc of innocence followed by tragedy, disillusionment, and disassociation, The Lion is equally large but different.”

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