Opening on September 26 this year, general public tickets for the show will go on sale on April 4.
Thomas Schumacher, president and producer, Disney Theatrical Productions, travelled to Brisbane to announce the show which brings director Julie Taymor’s vision of the African savannah to life and features the most multicultural cast of any Australian-produced stage musical to date.
“We are thrilled to bring The Lion King to Brisbane for the first time ever and I know that Queensland audiences will love this new Australian production of Julie Taymor’s visionary stage event”, said Mr. Schumacher.
QPAC Chief Executive, John Kotzas said “We welcomed Disney here with Mary Poppins in 2012 and it was a huge success; we are very pleased and proud that Disney are now coming back to QPAC to present the ‘ jewel in their crown’, The Lion King.
In its 17th year, The Lion King is the highest-grossing Broadway show in New York history and one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 22 global productions have been seen by more than 70 million people and, cumulatively, run a staggering 104 years. It has won six 1998 Tony Awards®: 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 Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from The Lion King animated film along with 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 music from “Rhythm of the Pride Lands,” an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer.
For further information on The Lion King, including ticketing, go to www.lionking.com.au