The much anticipated Queensland premiere season of Disney’s landmark musical event THE LION KING will officially open in Brisbane tomorrow night Friday 26 September 2014.
THE LION KING will play in the Lyric Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) until Sunday 25 January 2015, making it the longest running show at QPAC in over a decade.
Director Julie Taymor’s vision of the African savannah comes to life in this locally-crafted production, featuring the most multicultural cast of any Australian-produced stage musical to date.
This Australian production is the tenth production of THE LION KING running concurrently around the world, with shows on Broadway and on tour across North America, Tokyo and on tour in Japan, in London’s West End and on tour throughout the UK, and in Hamburg, Madrid, Sao Paolo and now Brisbane.
James Thane, Vice President, Managing Director, Disney Theatrical Productions, Australia & New Zealand said today, “Since announcing the Brisbane engagement in March, we have been overwhelmed and humbled by the tremendous enthusiasm for Disney’s THE LION KING. Way beyond any expectations, the show will open with the largest advance box office in the history of the Lyric Theatre.
“The entire company of Australian and international performers, orchestra and crew have been thrilled by the generosity of our preview audiences and the warm welcome from the people of Brisbane.”
QPAC Chief Executive John Kotzas said the first ever presentation of Disney’s THE LION KING in Queensland has been a long term goal and is the result of developing a strong relationship with Disney.
“Our Lyric Theatre has been specially modified to accommodate this phenomenal musical and our production team has worked tirelessly to bump in this show which required no less than 25 semitrailers to transport it to Brisbane.
“We know Queensland audiences love musical theatre. In just the past two years more than 700,000 people have attended musical theatre productions at QPAC. Now it’s Queensland’s turn to see why THE LION KING is one of the most popular stage musicals in the world,” he said.
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THE LION KING
When: Brisbane season runs until Sunday 25 January
Where: Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane
Tickets*: Refer to QPAC website for current pricing
Bookings: www.qpac.com.au, or phone 136-246
Image courtesy of Sydney Tourism