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Originally Posted by disneyShanghai Will Host Broadway Production of 'The Lion King' This Summer
The Broadway production of The Lion King is coming to Shanghai.
The announcement was made Tuesday by Thomas Schumacher, president, Disney Theatrical Productions; Stanley Cheung, managing director, The Walt Disney Company; and Mr. Fang Sizhong, president of the Shanghai Grand Theatre.
The musical, presented by The Shanghai Grant Theatre in association with The Walt Disney Company, will open at Shanghai's Grand Theatre on July 18 and play for 100 performances. Special support has also been provided from the China Culture Development Fund, with media support from Wenhui-Xinmin United Press Group.
The award-winning stage version of The Lion King opened on Broadway in 1997. Expanded from the Disney film, the stage version has been seen by more than 34 million people worldwide, with sell-out productions in cities such as London, Tokyo, Toronto, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Sydney and Melbourne.
"We are delighted to be taking this production to Shanghai and thank our partners at The Shanghai Grand Theatre who have made it possible for us to play in their wonderful venue," Thomas said. "We're mounting Julie Taymor's full Broadway production, so Chinese audiences will see the same show they would see in New York or London."
Added Stanley: "We are extremely honoured to partner with the Shanghai Grand Theatre to bring to China our most cherished Broadway show. China is a priority for the entire company, and this announcement further demonstrates Disney's commitment to this country as part of our international growth strategy.
"Developing great content drives and defines our business, and live shows are integral to building brand awareness here. The Lion King will deliver a new level in Disney entertainment that has not been seen in China before," he said.
The production coming to Shanghai most recently played to sold-out audiences in Australia. The international cast has 52 performers from 12 countries. It takes 136 people to put the show on every night and the physical set will travel to Shanghai in two specially commissioned 747 air freighters.
Tickets for the first 28 shows are on sale now. The show is slated to run until Oct. 8.