, President, Disney Theatrical Productions, along with South African licensees Lebo M, international recording artist and co-composer of THE LION KING, and Pieter Toerien, veteran theatre producer, today announced Disney’s award-winning musical THE LION KING, will open on June 6, 2007 in Johannesburg.
The new production will feature a local South African cast, many of whom have been in other productions of THE LION KING around the world and are now coming home to perform in their native country. To date, THE LION KING has employed almost 100 native South Africans in its productions worldwide. Full casting will be announced later in the year. THE LION KING will perform in the Montecasino Theatre in northern Johannesburg, which is being built for this production.