The Lion King breaks records in Manila

Tickets to the international tour of Disney’s The Lion King went on pre-sale last October 25 to customers of Globe and Visa, the production’s sponsoring presenters for the Manila season. With Manila audiences stampeding the box office, new theatrical box office records were set.

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The Lion King, presented by Michael Cassel Group and Concertus Manila in association with Disney Theatrical Productions, sold over 14,000 tickets on day one of the priority booking period, eclipsing the previous record of a single day of sales for a theatrical production.

From the thousands of people who joined the initial priority waitlist to the ticket sales skyrocketing on day one alone, it is clear that Manila just can't wait for Disney's The Lion King. Concertus Manila is truly excited to be part of a production as monumental as this”

said Joey Verzo, Managing Director of Concertus Manila. Robert Sewell, president of TicketWorld is just as overwhelmed with the response.

For years, The Lion King had topped all our surveys when we asked the Philippine theater-going audience what they wanted to see, and now the world’s number one musical is coming to Manila,”

he commented. Globe platinum and postpaid customers and Visa credit, debit and prepaid cardholders could purchase tickets to The Lion King before the general public. Ticket sales have now been opened to everyone.

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Mufasa and Scar - Photo by Joan Marcus © Disney

Cast The Lion King

Earlier this month, the full cast for the international tour was announced. The principal cast includes Ntsepa Pitjeng who is returning to the role of ‘Rafiki’, having performed the role in the USA, UK, Brazil, and Switzerland productions.

Direct from London’s West End production is Mthokozisi Embay Khanyile in the role of ‘Mufasa’. Also from the United Kingdom is music theatre performer Antony Lawrence as ‘Scar’.

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Mukelisiwe Goba as Rafiki - Photo by Joan Marcus ©Disney

Australian actor Andre Jewson will feature as ‘Zazu’; the charismatic New Zealand born performer Jamie McGregor will play ‘Timon’ and South African favorite Pierre Van Heerden will return as ‘Pumbaa’.

Rounding out the principal cast are South African performers Calvyn Grandling, playing the much-loved role of ‘Simba’, the up-and-coming star Noxolo Dlamini as ‘Nala’, Candida Mosoma who returns to the role of ‘Shenzi’, Bjorn Blignaut as ‘Banzai’ and Mark Tatham as ‘Ed’.

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Nala and Simba - Photo by Joan Marcus © Disney

Local talents

Joining the company are six young actors from the Philippines! 

Sharing the role of Young Simba will be Julien Joshua Dolor, Pablo Palacpac and Juan Gabriel Tiongson.

Sharing the role of Young Nala will be Sheena Bentoy, Uma Martin and Felicity Napuli.

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Buyi Zama as Rafiki - Photo by Joan Marcus © Disney

The Lion King

In its 20th year, The Lion King continues to be one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, productions have been seen by more than 90 million people. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), The Lion King is only the second show in history to generate five productions worldwide running 10 or more years. 

The Lion King won six 1998 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical. Read more on The Lion King.

Lionesses - Photo by Joan Marcus © Disney

Details The Lion King in Manila

Show dates: March 18-April 22, 2018

Time: 8 PM, on weekends also at 2:30PM

Length: 2 hours and 30 minutes, with a 20 minutes intermission

Venue: The Theatre at Solaire, Parañaque

Age recommendation: Performances are recommended for a general audience. Disney recommends its productions for ages 6 and up. The Theatre at Solaire rules and regulations also apply, including a venue age restriction for children aged 2 years and below. All guests entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket. 

Tickets: from Php 1,900- 7,250. Buy your tickets here

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