Lion King rules the Broadway jungle

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Performances of the stage musical The Lion King, based on the Disney film about a lion cub called Simba, had earned $997 million dollars by 6 October this year, making it the best-selling production in the history of Broadway, according to broadwayworld.com website.

Later this month, almost 16 years after its debut performance on 15 October 1997, it will reach the $1 billion mark in earnings on Broadway alone, the Hollywood Reporter noted. No other production has matched this, so Simba will truly be the king of Broadway.

Worldwide, The Lion King has earned about $5 billion.

The musical, which is also being staged in South Africa, has been seen in 98 cities by almost 70 million people around the world. It has been staged on every continent (although not in Alaska, the USA’s most northwestern state) and has been translated into eight languages – Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Mandarin, Spanish and Portuguese.

Productions are touring North America and Japan right now and the show can also be seen in London’s West End, Hamburg, Madrid and Sao Paulo.

- Danel Blaauw

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