The world’s most popular stage musical is set to conquer Queensland, bringing musical theatre audiences from all over Australia
The Lion King roars into Brisbane in September. The popular stage musical lands at Queensland Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman says securing the production is a coup for QPAC and a great opportunity for locals and visitors to enjoy world-class musical theatre.
The stage production, based on the 1994 Disney animated film, has been a huge hit since debuting in 1997.
“The Lion King musical is the highest-grossing Broadway show in history and has been seen by more than 70 million people around the world,” Mr Newman says.
“I’m delighted to announce it will come to QPAC’s Lyric Theatre from September.
“Securing The Lion King is yet another example of the world-class entertainment on show in Queensland.
“Musicals are among QPAC’s most popular shows, attracting about 40 per cent of all visitors. The response when Disney’s Mary Poppins premiered here in 2012 was extraordinary and I’m sure Queenslanders will be just as keen to see The Lion King.
“This production will give people another great reason to visit our beautiful city and enjoy all it has to offer, including our amazing cultural life.”
Arts Minister Ian Walker says large-scale musicals like The Lion King play a role in delivering on the Queensland Government’s Arts for all Queenslanders strategy, with benefits to the state’s culture and economy.
“Our goal is to double annual overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion in 2010 to $30 billion by 2020 and The Lion King will undoubtedly attract people in their thousands,’’ says Mr Walker.
Tickets for The Lion King go on sale on Friday. The Lion King plays Queensland Performing Arts Centre in September.