The Lion King will be presented at Shanghai Disney Resort in partnership with Disney Theatrical Productions.
The world’s first production of the Disney musical in Mandarin, this groundbreaking show will be performed in a new, world-class, 1,200-seat Broadway-style theater, located in the retail, dining and entertainment area currently under construction adjacent to Shanghai Disneyland park. Casting commences this summer.
“We are thrilled to bring The Lion King to Shanghai Disney Resort,” declared Mike Crawford, General Manager of Shanghai Disney Resort. “Working with our partners at Disney Theatrical Productions to have the world’s most successful and popular stage musical in Mandarin for the first time, here at our ‘must-visit’ entertainment district, will provide a great centerpiece for the area and an amazing opportunity for the people living in and traveling to Shanghai.”
“It is especially exciting for us to premiere The Lion King at this brand new theatre at Shanghai Disney Resort, marking our first collaboration with our partners at Disney Parks and Resorts,” said Thomas Schumacher, President and Producer, Disney Theatrical Productions. “This uniquely Chinese production will be our most ambitious yet, featuring the very best of local talent.”
Also just announced is the musical's Spanish-language premiere in Mexico City. This will be produced by OCESA and will be the largest theatrical production ever to be mounted in Mexico. OCESA's previous projects include Beauty And The Beast and Mary Poppins. The Lion King will be performed in Spanish and begin performances in May of 2015 at the Telcel Theatre in Mexico City.
In 2008, OCESA also presented the North American, English-language tour of The Lion King in Mexico City. The four week hit engagement sold over 165,000 tickets at the Auditorio Nacional.