Disney’s The Lion King Celebrates Record Breaking Engagement in North Charleston

Jared Dixon as Simba in ‘The Lion King’ (Copyright: Disney). Photo by Deenvan Meer

Disney’s The Lion King is celebrating a record breaking engagement which ended on Sunday, December 15. The triumphant two-week premiere engagement grossed more than $2.4 million at the box office and entertained more than 32,000 theatergoers. The production, which played 16 performances at North Charleston Performing Arts Center from  December 4 through December 15, broke the box office record for the highest gross and most attended show ever in North Charleston Performing Arts Center’s history.

It is estimated that the North Charleston engagement of The Lion King generated an economic benefit of more than $7.7 million to the city from travel, hotels, restaurants, parking and other businesses patronized by both theatergoers and production staff. This figure is based upon a Touring Broadway League report which found that, on average, Broadway tours contribute an economic impact 3.21 times the gross ticket sales to the local metropolitan area’s economy. 

The Lion King was incredible,” said Frank Lapsley, North Charleston Performing Arts Center’s General Manager. “Audiences were captivated by the breathtaking production and beautiful music. Not only did The Lion King capture the hearts of Lowcountry fans, it shattered all previous records at North Charleston Performing Arts Center. With over 32,000 patrons coming through our doors during the two week engagement, The Lion King holds the record at our theater for most tickets sold by any show.”

“What a delight to finally bring The Lion King to North Charleston,” said Jack Eldon, Vice President, Domestic Touring and Regional Engagements, Disney Theatrical Productions. “We are overwhelmed by the response to the show and thank the Lowcountry community, Nederlander Organization and North Charleston Performing Arts Center for a sensational run.”

After 22 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 has made theatrical history with three productions worldwide running 15 or more years and three others running 20 or more years. Performed over its lifetime in nine different languages (English, 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; on tour across North America, Japan and The U.K. & Ireland, with a separate production touring internationally, 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 North American touring productions of The Lion King have been seen by more than 20 million theatergoers in over 80 cities throughout North America. For more information, visit LionKing.com.


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