QPAC COUP

The world’s most pop­u­lar stage mu­si­cal is set to con­quer Queens­land, bring­ing mu­si­cal theatre au­di­ences from all over Aus­tralia

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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.

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