THE 25th GLOBAL PRODUCTION AND FIRST INTERNATIONAL TOUR OF DISNEY’S THE LION KING PREMIERED IN MANILA IN MARCH 2018 WITH PERFORMANCE LOCATIONS INCLUDING SINGAPORE, DAEGU, SEOUL, BUSAN, TAIPEI, BANGKOK, HONG KONG AND AUCKLAND.
Michael Cassel Group, in association with Disney Theatrical Productions, present the first international tour of the world’s #1 musical, Disney’s THE LION KING, which premiered in Manila in March 2018 with additional engagements in Singapore, Daegu, Seoul, Busan, Taipei, Bangkok and Hong Kong, and further engagements yet to be announced.
The international tour is performed in English and launched the celebration of THE LION KING’S 20th anniversary on stage and the title’s 25th global production.
“We’re proud to partner with our long-time friend Michael Cassel to bring the world-renowned stage production of THE LION KING to these vibrant cities,” said Thomas Schumacher, President & Producer, Disney Theatrical Productions. “Julie Taymor and her extraordinary creative team have realized a production of enormous scale, beauty and heart. I cannot wait for new global audiences to join us.”
The show’s director, costume designer and mask co-designer Julie Taymor said “It is wonderful that these international locations will be able to experience this new South African cast of THE LION KING. They’re in for a tremendous treat as the soul of this music will come through these extraordinary performers. Asia is a big part of my life, having spent four years in Indonesia and travelled throughout many countries in the region. It is thrilling to bring this production back to a part of the world that has been a major inspiration in my life.”
Lebo M, who provided additional music, lyrics, vocal score and arrangements to THE LION KING, commented “This international tour will provide the opportunity for audiences around the world to witness this incredible production, featuring South Africa’s greatest talents.”
- MANILA – MARCH 2018 – MAY 2018
- SINGAPORE – JUNE 2018 – SEPTEMBER 2018
- DAEGU – NOVEMBER 2018 – DECEMBER 2018
- SEOUL – JANUARY 2019 – MARCH 2019
- BUSAN – APRIL 2019 – MAY 2019
- TAIPEI – JULY – AUGUST 2019
- BANGKOK – SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER 2019
- HONG KONG – DECEMBER 2019 – JANUARY 2020
- AUCKLAND – COMING JUNE 2021
ABOUT THE LION KING
After 21 landmark years on Broadway, THE LION KING continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its premiere on November 13, 1997, 25 global productions have been seen by more than 100 million people. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), THE LION KING is the only show in history to generate six productions worldwide running 15 or more years. Performed in eight different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese), productions of THE LION KING can currently be seen on Broadway; London’s West End; Hamburg; Tokyo; Madrid; Scheveningen, Holland; South Korea and on tour across North America and Japan, for a total of nine productions running concurrently across the globe. Having played over 100 cities in 20 countries on every continent except Antarctica, THE LION KING’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.
THE LION KING 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 LION KING has also earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design. The show’s director, costume designer and mask co-designer Julie Taymor continues to play an integral part in the show’s ongoing success. The first woman to win a Tony Award for Direction of a Musical, Taymor has in recent years supervised new productions of the show around the world.
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. The resulting sound of THE LION KING is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award®-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” to the haunting ballad “Shadowland.”
The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed The Lion King animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay. Other members of the creative team include: Michael Curry, who designed the masks and puppets with Taymor, Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), John Stefaniuk (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor) and Doc Zorthian (production supervisor). Anne Quart serves as co-producer.
For more information worldwide, visit LionKing.com
ABOUT MICHAEL CASSEL GROUP
The Michael Cassel Group is a live entertainment company formed to produce the world’s greatest musical and theatrical productions, live entertainment experiences, marquee events and concert attractions.
Led by Michael Cassel, the entrepreneurial company has enjoyed a “meteoric rise” (Australian Financial Review) and been named a “visionary” and “a producer with global cred changing the face of the stage” by The Weekend Australian. Based in Sydney, Australia, the Michael Cassel Group has expanded its horizons to include international touring and Broadway productions.
In association with Disney Theatrical Group, the Michael Cassel Group is producing the first international touring production of the world’s #1 musical, Disney’s The Lion King. After triumphant seasons in Manila, Singapore, Daegu, Seoul, Busan, Taipei, Bangkok and Hong Kong; the show will open in Beijing in May 2020, with additional cities to be announced.
The Michael Cassel Group is the Executive Producer and General Manager of the Australian premiere production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The Tony Award®-winning production is now playing exclusively in Melbourne at the Princess Theatre. The record-breaking play is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.
The Michael Cassel Group will produce the opening celebration of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020. The celebrations will launch the first match of the tournament between Australia and India at the Sydney Showground Stadium in February 2020.
The Michael Cassel Group will premiere the landmark, multi-award-winning musical Hamilton at Sydney Lyric Theatre in a new production beginning March 2021.
Previously, the Michael Cassel Group has presented Tina Arena: In Concert as part of the Sydney Coliseum Theatre’s Opening Programme, the return of ‘Disney Legend’ Lea Salonga: In Concert, produced the acclaimed international spectacular The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, actor and social media superstar Celeste Barber: Challenge Accepted, the five-times Helpmann Award®-winning Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (including “Best Musical), the 10th Anniversary Tour of the Australian musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the Australian premiere of Cyndi Lauper’s acclaimed Kinky Boots, the Australian and Asian tour of Singin’ In the Rain, and presented Lea Salonga in Concert in partnership with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Darren Criss: Intimate and Live. Michael was Executive Producer of Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Les Misérables, which won the Helpmann Award® for “Best Musical” before embarking on an Asian tour.
On Broadway, previous productions include Pretty Woman: The Musical directed by Tony Award®-winning director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots); and The Cher Show, with respected Broadway producers Jeffrey Seller (Hamilton) and Flody Suarez (What’s New Pussycat).
The company executive produced Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Les Misérables, enjoying a triumphant 19-month tour of Australia in 2014-2016 for which the production received the Helpmann Award® for “Best Musical”. The musical went on to tour Asia with seasons in Manila, Singapore and Dubai, where the production officially opened the Dubai Opera House.
In addition to the group’s theatrical interests, the company represents former Australian Prime Minister, The Hon. Julia Gillard AC, former Olympian and global sporting administrator, Lord Sebastian Coe CH, KBE and media personality, Sami Lukis.