Disney's Broadway musical, The Lion King, is really one of the greatest and most precious theatre shows of all time. Last week, it was announced 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 amount will grow to more than $1 billion.
It's an incredible feat, especially for a show that is not the longest-running production in Broadway's history. (That title is owned by The Phantom of the Opera, which continues to be 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, less than 12 times have only dropped under 80 percent crowd capability.
Here are a few facts the highest-grossing musical of all time:
1.The musical debuted not in Minneapolis, MN, but on Broadway at the Orpheum Theatre.
2. It is the fifth longest running show in Broadway history, with 6,621 (as of Oct. 20, 2013).
3. The Lion King was made in various other nations, including South Africa, and England, Japan, Canada, Australia.
4. The Lion King started on Broadway in 1997 (Nov. 13, 1997, to be exact). 1's previews started Oct. 15, 1997.
5. The Lion King was first performed at New Amsterdam Theater in the theatre district in NYC, but moved in 2006 to the Minskoff Theatre in order to make room.
6. Music for the creation, in addition to the Disney film, was done by Elton John.
7. Julie Taymor became the first woman in Broadway history to win the Tony Award. (Yay Julie!)
8. Rafiki's character given a larger part in the musical and was modified from the Disney movie. Furthermore, because director Julie Taymor felt the narrative lacked a strong female character, Rafiki was shifted into sangoma and a female mandrill. In the musical, Rafiki acts as a narrator for the narrative.
9. There's now one U.S. touring production, although at one time, there were two. It is identical to the Broadway version, except for some of the panoramic elements, which were swapped for options that are more affordable.
10. The costume design continues to be widely praised for the creativity. The show won an award for Best Costume Design at the 1998 Tony Awards.
11. Other changes from the film include extra scenes that help develop a number of the characters. More music was added, too.
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relating to this legendary movie that this generation of children knows about. The Lion King is among those movies that parents from all states will show their children for generations in the future.