The German production of Disney’s “Lion King” is celebrating its 15th anniversary in Hamburg this year. The vibrant musical centering on the lion king Simba has attracted audiences to over 6,000 shows and counting. Commenting on the success of the musical Tuesday, Stage Entertainment, noted: “Nearly every performance of the musical has sold out since its premiere. And with over 11 million visitors, it has long since beaten classic musicals in Hamburg such as “Cats” and “Phantom of the Opera”. The German production, based on the same-named 1994 cartoon film, debuted on December 2, 2001 in the Stage Theater in the port of Hamburg.
New York, London, Hamburg
Stage Entertainment noted the importance of musicals as a tourist magnet for Hamburg. Visitors from Germany, Austria and Switzerland travelled an average of 370 kilometres to see the musical. No other show has proven such a draw. Visitors arriving especially for the musical spent on average three nights in Hamburg.
Disney’s “Lion King” has been performed in over 60 cities including New York, Tokyo, London, Sydney, Shanghai, Seoul and Madrid. Over 80 million people so far have seen the show.
Stage Entertainment showing four musicals
Stage Entertainment is showing three other musicals in Hamburg presently: “The Miracle of Berne” is running in Stage Entertainment’s other theatre in the port, Theater an der Elbe. Another show “Love Never dies” (the continuation of the “Phantom of the Opera”) is being performed in the Stage Operettenhaus near the Reeperbahn, and Disney’s “Aladdin” is showing in the Stage Theater Neue Flora since its premiere there last December. After New York and London, Hamburg ranks third as the third biggest global venue for musicals.
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