The Lion King continues to reign across North America with a sold-out engagement in Toronto, which concluded on Sunday, June 15, at the Princess of Wales Theatre.
The seven-week return grossed over $11.75 million at the box office and entertained more than 100,000 patrons during 56 performances. The award-winning musical premiered in Toronto in April 2000 at the Princes of Wales Theatre, where it played 1,560 performances through January 2004 and returned in 2011 for an eight-week sold-out engagement.
It is estimated that the Toronto engagement of The Lion King generated a $48 million economic benefit to the city from travel, hotels, restaurants, parking and other businesses patronised by both theatergoers and production staff. This figure is based upon a Touring Broadway League report which found that, on average, Broadway tours contribute an economic impact 4.17 times the gross ticket sales to the local metropolitan area's economy.
"We were thrilled to return to the great city of Toronto for the third time, where THE LION KING has always been so warmly embraced," said Jack Eldon, Vice President, Domestic, Disney Theatrical Productions. "It is sincerely gratifying and overwhelming to see that the response to this theatrical phenomenon was just as strong as when it first premiered in Toronto 14 years ago. We thank the Toronto community and our partners at Mirvish Productions for another sensational engagement and look forward to returning in the near future."