Disney's Broadway musical, The Lion King, is one of the biggest and most beloved theater shows of all time. Last week, it was announced that the show is the first Broadway show ever to gross more than $1 billion in revenue. As of Oct. 6, the show was at $997 million, but by the end of October, that number will grow to more than $1 billion.
It's an amazing feat, especially for a show that's not even the longest-running production in Broadway's history. (That title belongs to The Phantom of the Opera, which has been on Broadway since 1988 — nearly 10 years longer than "The Lion King.") Part of what made The Lion King such a strong money-maker is that in its run, the musical has only dropped under 80 percent audience capacity less than 12 times.
Here are a few facts about The Lion King, the highest-grossing musical of all time:
- The Lion King opened on Broadway in 1997 (Nov. 13, 1997, to be exact). Its previews began Oct. 15, 1997.
On Monday, I wrote about the best Disney songs, and the list was not without its tearjerkers. As much as Disney wants you to believe it's all whimsical and happy, the truth is that most of its movies will make viewers cry. There is no classic Disney film that's a bigger offender than "The Lion King" during that scene. You know what scene I'm talking about — just after Mufasa tries to rescue little Simba from the stampede... oh, God, it's so sad. As it turns out, dogs are not immune from having Disney feelings either, as evidenced by this video of a dog who can't hold it together during the emotional moment. It's so cute it almost makes you forget you're watching one of the saddest scenes ever.
Aside from the circus, Disney On Ice shows are easily the most beloved family show on TN.com. They bring everyone's favorite Disney characters to life... on ice. I used to attend shows like these as a kid, and I always loved them. There was nothing quite like getting to see princesses, whether Cinderella or Jasmine, up close, while also singing along with them to songs from Disney movies I already loved.
Disney films have some of the most iconic songs of all time. There's nothing like Snow White singing "Whistle While You Work" to get your Monday morning going, right? (You may think I'm being facetious, but I can assure you, I am not. This playlist on YouTube is pretty much my favorite ever.)
The current Disney On Ice shows touring the U.S. — Rockin’ Ever After, Passport to Adventure, 100 Years of Magic, Princesses and Heroes, Let’s Celebrate! — feature characters from some of my favorite Disney movies, like "The Lion King," "Toy Story," "Aladdin," and "The Princess and the Frog." So here are some of my absolute favorite Disney songs, from the very films that make up the current Disney On Ice performances.
It was announced on Friday that Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway has been extended through November 2013. Was there ever any doubt?
The production isn’t the fifth longest-running Broadway show ever for nothing.
Here are a few reasons why The Lion King is so awesome.
It’s based on a fantastic movie. It’s a rule of Disney films that they are supposed to make you cry. But "The Lion King" is kind of the ultimate movie to ugly-cry at. That moment when Simba is pawing at Mufasa to wake up? Oh, God, I can’t deal. Go into The Lion King knowing you will at least be getting the sniffles because it is sad, okay?