A Korean-language production of The Lion King will open in Seoul, South Korea in October 2006, according to Playbill.
A joint production between Shiki Theatrical Company and Disney Theatrical Productions, the musical will be performed in the Charlotte Theatre at LotteWorld in central Seoul. That theatre is still under construction but will be completed by the October 29 opening.
The Lion King will mark Disney's third production in Korea: Beauty and the Beast opened there in 2004, and Aida began performances earlier this year. In a statement Disney Theatrical Productions President Thomas Schumacher said, "This new production of The Lion King supports our goal of producing our shows for new audiences all over the world. Kieta Asari and his Shiki team have been presenting The Lion King beautifully for over six years in Japan, and we wish them equal success in Seoul."
The Lion King originally opened at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre November 13, 1997. Directed by Julie Taymor who became the first woman to ever receive a Tony for Best Director of a Musical The Lion King has become an international hit with productions playing all around the globe. In fact, the Elton-Tim Rice show has won over 30 major awards. Those include six Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical; eight Drama Desk Awards; six Outer Critics Circle Awards; two Sir Laurence Oliviers; the Evening Standard Award for Best Theatrical Event; and three Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards.