Disney’s The Lion King continues to reign supreme in North America with a sold-out premiere in Greensboro, North Carolina at the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts. The award-winning musical broke two site records in the week ending March 6, 2022: highest-grossing week grossing $1,958,506 and highest-grossing week-to-week attendance 23,040 guests seeing the show. The two-week triumphant run, which ran from February 23 to March 6, grossed more than $3.6 million at the box office and entertained nearly 46,000 spectators over 16 performances.
The Lion King’s Greensboro engagement is estimated to have generated an economic benefit of nearly $12 million for the city through travel, hotels, restaurants, parking and other businesses frequented by spectators and the production staff. This figure is based on a report by the Touring Broadway League which found that, on average, Broadway visits have an economic impact of 3.27 times gross ticket sales on the economy of the local metropolitan area.
“The spectacular success of Disney’s Lion King was a highlight of our extraordinary inaugural Broadway season at Tanger Center,” said Matt Brown, General Manager of the Greensboro Coliseum and Tanger Center Resort. “We were thrilled to host two weeks of sold-out crowds who were absolutely blown away by this incredible production.”
“We were thrilled to bring The Lion King to the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts and share the experience of this groundbreaking production with Greensboro audiences,” said Jack Eldon, Vice President, National Tours and Regional Engagements. , Disney Theatrical Productions. . “We are overwhelmed by the response from the community and thank our partners at Tanger Center, Nederlander and Professional Facilities Management (PFM) for a sensational commitment. We look forward to returning to the Piedmont triad region.”
Touring productions of The Lion King have been seen by more than 20 million viewers in more than 90 cities across North America.
After 24 landmark years on Broadway, The Lion King continues to establish itself as one of the most popular musicals in the world. Since its premiere on November 13, 1997, 25 worldwide productions have been seen by nearly 110 million people. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), The Lion King made cinematic history with six productions worldwide lasting 15 years or more, four of them lasting 20 years. or more.
Performed over its lifetime in nine different languages (English, Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese), productions of The Lion King can currently be seen on Broadway; the West End of London; Paris; Hamburg; Tokyo; Madrid; touring across North America, Japan and the UK & Ireland, with a separate production touring internationally, for a total of ten productions running simultaneously around the world. Having played in more than 100 cities in 21 countries on every continent except Antarctica, The Lion King’s worldwide grossing exceeds that of any movie, Broadway show or other entertainment title. box office history.
The Lion King won six Tony Awards® in 1998: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical. The Lion King has also won more than 70 major arts awards, including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Performance Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for the year and the 1999 Laurence Olivier. Award for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design.
The show’s director, costume designer and mask co-creator, Julie Taymor, continues to play a vital role in the show’s continued success. The first woman to win a Tony Award for directing a musical, Taymor oversees new productions of the show around the world.
The Broadway score features songs by Elton John and Tim Rice from the animated film The Lion King as well as three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and the music for “Rhythm of the Pride Lands”, an album inspired by the original film score, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer. The resulting sound of The Lion King is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” set to rich choral numbers by Lebo M.
Elton John, Lebo M and Hans Zimmer all collaborated on the 2019 version of the film, produced by Julie Taymor and Thomas Schumacher, which was an extraordinary worldwide success.
The book was adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed the animated feature The Lion King, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay. Other members of the creative team include: Michael Curry, who designed the masks and puppets with Taymor, Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), Anthony Lyn (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor), Doc Zorthian (production supervisor) and Binder Casting/Mark Brandon, CSA (casting). Anne Quart is the co-producer.