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, KAOSHIUNG, BANGKOK, HONG KONG, AUCKLAND AND ABU DHABI.
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, Kaohsiung, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Auckland and Abu Dhabi.
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 – JUNE 2021 – JULY 2021
- SEOUL – JANUARY 2022 – MARCH 2022
- BUSAN – APRIL 2022 – MAY 2022
- TAIPEI – JUNE 2022
- KAOSHIUNG – JULY 2022 – AUGUST 2022
- ABU DHABI – NOVEMBER 2022
ABOUT THE LION KING
Approaching 25 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 nearly 110 million people. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), The Lion King has made theatrical history with two productions worldwide running 15 or more years and four others running 20 or more years. In the history of Broadway, only two productions have run longer.
Performed over its lifetime in nine different languages (English, Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese), there are currently 10 productions of The Lion King around the world; Broadway, London, Paris, Hamburg, Tokyo, Madrid, on tour across North America, Japan and the U.K. & Ireland, with a separate production touring internationally. The Lion King has played over 100 cities in 21 countries on every continent except Antarctica; its 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 supervises new productions of the show around the world, to this day.
The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s songs 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 Lebo M’s rich choral numbers.
Elton John, Lebo M, and Hans Zimmer all collaborated on the 2019 version of the film, executive produced by Julie Taymor and Thomas Schumacher, which has gone onto extraordinary worldwide success.
The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed the animated The Lion King 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), Anthony Lyn (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor) and Doc Zorthian (production supervisor). Anne Quart serves as co-producer.
ABOUT MICHAEL CASSEL GROUP
Michael Cassel Group produces and presents world-class theatrical productions and live entertainment.
The entrepreneurial company has enjoyed a “meteoric rise” (Australian Financial Review), credited as “a major force in Australian theatre” (Variety), “the new hit-maker in Australian theatre” (Sydney Morning Herald) and been named a “visionary” and “a producer with global cred changing the face of the stage” by The Weekend Australian. Headquartered in Sydney, the company has offices in New York, Singapore and Melbourne.
Current credits include the first international tour of the world’s #1 musical, Disney’s The Lion King, which has enjoyed triumphant seasons since launching four years ago. MCG is the Australian producer of the multi-award-winning musical Hamilton and the Executive Producer and General Manager of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Together with Cameron Mackintosh and Disney Theatrical Group, MCG is co-producer of Mary Poppins.
Forthcoming productions in Australia and on tour internationally include & Juliet and, as Executive Producer, Opera Australia’s The Phantom of the Opera.
Current Broadway and West End credits include co-lead producer of Almost Famous and co-producer of MJ: The Musical, Into The Woods, Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical and Pretty Woman.
Previous productions include the Australian and international tour of Les Misérables, the Australian premieres of Kinky Boots and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, the 10th Anniversary Tour of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the Melbourne season of Sydney Theatre Company’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and the Australian and Asian tour of Singin’ in the Rain.
Concerts and events include The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo staged outdoors at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium, the opening celebration of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup broadcast to a worldwide television audience, Not Now, Not Ever: Live on Stage with Julia Gillard, and tours including Celeste Barber, Lea Salonga, Tina Arena, Rita Wilson and Darren Criss.
Michael Cassel Group has expanded its horizons to begin developing and investing in new content encompassing a growing slate of world-class IP and original shows destined for Broadway, the West End and international touring. MCG currently holds a commercial ‘First Look Agreement’ for all future works produced by Sydney Theatre Company, with The Picture of Dorian Gray the inaugural production to tour internationally.
TixTrack Australasia, a partnership between TixTrack Inc and Michael Cassel Group, provides ticketing for live entertainment and cultural organisations in Australia and New Zealand including the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
In addition to the group’s expanding theatrical interests, the company represents former Australian Prime Minister, The Hon. Julia Gillard AC, journalist and broadcaster Liz Hayes, former Olympian and global sporting administrator Lord Sebastian CH, KBE, Strictly You by Sonia Kruger and Better Homes and Gardens personality Charlie Albone.