7 Fun Facts about The Lion King and why The Lion King tickets are so popular.
- Produced by Disney Theatrical, The Lion
King musical debuted July 8, 1997 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis,
and was an instant success.
- Next it premiered on Broadway at
the New Amsterdam Theater in October of 1997, and moved to the Minskoff
Theatre in 2006 to make way for Mary Poppins, where it is still running
after more than 6,700 performances.
- It is Broadway's fourth
longest-running show and the highest grossing Broadway production of all
time, having grossed more than $1 billion.
- The show debuted in the West End's Lyceum Theatre on October in 1999 and is still running.
September 2014, The Lion King became the top-earning title in
box-office history for both stage productions and films, surpassing
Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, which was the first to
gross over $6 billion.
- The musical scored six Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1998.
play continues to have an almost perfect rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars
from audiences and critics alike, and has steadily performed to over 100
percent capacity since it opened.