Disney’s African safari adventure (and our favourite animation in the world), ‘The Lion King’ has been named the highest grossing musical in history after raking a massive $6.2 billion in sales at the box office.
The Disney favourite beat Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’ off the top spot after years sitting at the top.
The animation featuring the story of a lion cub named ‘Simba’ on his journey to adulthood has also outsold other showbiz greats including all time favourites including Titanic and Avatar.
Simba’s story of betrayal by a wicked uncle, injustice, Karma and love endeared the animation to the hearts of both adults and children, not to mention stunning soundtracks by Sir Elton John and amazing visuals that tell the story of the African wildlife (more or less).
Disney’s President and producer at the company’s theatrical studios, Thomas Schumacher said when the show first launched in Broadway in 1997, “Our goal then was to tell the story purely and theatrically so that audiences could feel it in their heart, and, to this day, that is the audience experience whether they see the show in Madrid; Appleton, Wisconsin; South Africa; Tokyo or Broadway. Of that, we are deeply proud.”
The musical based on the original animated film from 1994, has been seen by an estimated 75 million people worldwide around 22 productions.
You can catch The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre in London.