This fall marks eighteen years since Disney’s The Lion King opened on Broadway. With over 7,000 performances, it’s one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history, and has raked in over $1 billion at the box office.
As the musical continues to break records in New York City, the franchise has made it’s way around the globe: about 80 million people have seen the show in 22 productions worldwide. Today, audiences in Japan, Australia, Germany, the UK, Mexico, and Spain can watch the timeless coming-of-age story.
Fusion’s Dan Lieberman met up with the cast and crew of El Rey León in Madrid—the first city to debut the musical in Spanish in 2011—as well as the cast from Mexico and New York. He found out why The Lion King is a perfect example of the success a Broadway musical can have when exported abroad.
Fusion is partly owned by ABC, a member of the Disney family.