The King of Broadway is Also the King of the Road
Can’t wait to be King? It already s! Disney’s The Lion King may be one of the most well-known animated films to ever make its way to the screen but is also one of the best known stage productions of all time. Ranking up among classic such as Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King has worked its way around the world to become a phenomenon people just can’t seem to get enough of. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news of two major achievements for the national tour of Disney’s The Lion King!
As of this past week, Disney’s The Lion King national tour will not only play its 100th engagement but has now exceeded $1 billion total box office gross on the road. Incredible! This achievement is absolutely groundbreaking for any musical currently touring the nation or on Broadway. Disney’s The Lion King is currently the longest running production on the road in North America now in its 11th year. Since 2002, the tour has traveled to over 70 U.S. cities and over 15 million people have had the chance to experience The Lion King on stage.
Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway, which has been running since 1998, has not even accomplished such a monumental achievement. However, the show is close. For the week ending July 7th, that production had a total of $972 million in box office gross. The show still plays eight times a week at The Minskoff Theatre located just west of Broadway between 44th and 45th. The Broadway production consistently is ranked within the top five all time grossing shows of the week every single week.
Executive vice president and managing director of Disney Theatrical Productions David Schrader said in a statement:
“After 11 years of touring this theatrical phenomenon, we are tremendously proud to celebrate these milestones with our partners throughout North America who have presented The Lion King with consummate care and a tireless commitment to protecting the vision of the show’s creators. We look forward to many more years of sharing Julie Taymor’s extraordinary artistry with audiences across North America.”
Vice president of Disney Theatrical Productions Jack Eldon said in a statement:
“As we begin our 100th engagement, it is profoundly gratifying to reflect that the domestic touring productions of The Lion King have reached and inspired diverse audiences in so many communities across North America for more than 11 years. We remain overwhelmed by the enduring response to the show and are enormously thankful to our patrons – new and returning – for their continued enthusiasm and support.”
Congratulations to Disney’s The Lion King national tour on two incredible achievements! These are truly incredible monuments for any modern musicals and are testaments of the hard work, power and magic this production brings with it! The show continues on tonight in Cleveland, Ohio where the show will play a four-week stint through August 4th. As of right now, tickets are on sale for The Lion King national tour through the end of Summer 2014! For more information, visit Disney’s The Lion King’s Official Website.Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!