BROADWAY November 13, 1997 -- THE LION KING opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Over seven million theatergoers have seen the Broadway production to date.
BROADWAY June 1, 1998 -- THE LION KING receives six 1998 Tony(R) Awards including Best Musical. Director Julie Taymor became the first woman in Broadway history to win the Tony(R) Award for Best Director of a Musical.
TOKYO December 20, 1998 -- THE LION KING opens its first international production in Tokyo at the Shiki Haru Theatre (Theatre de Printemps). It is currently the longest-running show in Tokyo history, seen by over 3 million people.
LONDON October 19, 1999 -- THE LION KING opens in London at the Lyceum Theatre. There have been 3,400 performances over the last seven years to date. It has been seen by over 6.5 million people.
BROADWAY February 24, 1999 -- THE LION KING receives the 1998 GRAMMY(R) Award for Best Musical Show Album. The album would go on to reach Platinum status (over 1 million albums sold).
LOS ANGELES October 19, 2000 -- THE LION KING opens in Los Angeles at the Pantages Theatre. Initially scheduled for a nine month run, it was extended three times and played for 27 months, drawing more than 2 million people. THE LION KING remains the longest running production ever to play at the Pantages Theatre. In 2006, THE LION KING returned to the Pantages for another successful engagement.
US TOURS April 27, 2002 -- THE LION KING kicks off its first national tour in Denver.
US TOURS May 3, 2003 -- THE LION KING kicks off its second national tour in Chicago. Each domestic touring company of THE LION KING continues to sell out 7-10 markets a year and has been seen by more than 8 million people to date.
BROADWAY June 13, 2006 -- THE LION KING moves the Broadway production from the New Amsterdam Theatre to the Minskoff Theatre in the heart of Times Square. The entire move took only 9 days.
CHINA July 18, 2006 -- THE LION KING opens an English-language production in Shanghai. The limited engagement marked an historic event for THE LION KING, having played 101 performances at Shanghai's Grand Theatre. It became the longest-running Broadway show to be presented in Shanghai.
JOHANNESBURG June 6, 2007 -- THE LION KING celebrates 10 triumphant years on Broadway with a special anniversary production in Johannesburg, South Africa, the cultural inspiration for the show. The South African production of THE LION KING is made up entirely of South African performers. Around the world, THE LION KING has featured nearly 100 South African actors in its productions.
PARIS October 4, 2007 -- THE LION KING opens in France with 'Le Roi Lion,' its first French-language production at Le Mogador Theatre in Paris.
BROADWAY November 13, 2007 -- THE LION KING celebrates 10 years on Broadway!