“The Lion King,” the biggest Broadway musical in the United States, (performance cost of 20 billion KRW) will arrive in Daegu before Seoul. From November 9th to December 25th, the show will be held 56 times at the Gyemyeong Art Center. Tickets are available for purchase starting on August 28th.
“The Lion King” International Tour Team (currently performing in Singapore) will perform at the Seoul Opera House from January 10th to March 28th of next year after the Daegu performance ends. Afterwards, the show will be held in conjunction with the opening performance of “Dream Theater”, a theater dedicated to musicals in Busan.
The blockbuster musical “The Lion King” will be held in Daegu at the end of the year. At a press conference in Seoul on March 30th, three leading actors performed several hit songs. (photo credit) Kwon Sung-hoon
“The Lion King” won six Tony awards (best musical, performance, choreography, stage, costume, and lighting design) and has been staged in over 100 cities in 20 countries with more than 95 million viewers. It’s expected to become a hit in Daegu, South Korea’s first stage this year. A total of 56 performances starting in Daegu, Korea’s number one musical city, will be the barometer for “The Lion King” tour.
On July 30th, Felipe Gamba the executive director of the International Tour Team, attended the press conference held at the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Chosun in Seoul. Asked by reporters at the conference, “Do you know Daegu?” he replied, “Although I’ve never been to Daegu, I’m aware the city holds many musical festivals and has enthusiastic fans.” He added, “I’m sure ‘The Lion King’ will be a big success in Daegu.”
Nosepa Fitzkak, a South African-American actor currently playing Rafiki on the international tour (has also played Rafiki on Broadway and the West End in the U.K.), sang “The Circle of Life” at the press conference. Fitzkak stated he couldn’t wait to meet fans in Daegu.
“The Lion King” will be held at 7:30 pm on weekdays and at 2:00 pm and 7 pm on weekends. Tickets are priced at 170,000 KRW for VIP seats, 110,000 KRW for R-section seats, and 90,000 KRW for A-section seats.
Reporter Kwong Sung-hoon