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''Lion King'' Sets Record in Upstate New York

Written by Chief Editor.

Disney's The Lion King has set the record for the highest-grossing engagement in Syracuse theatrical history with a gross of $4.1 million. The award-winning musical entertained 53,104 theatergoers during the three-week engagement at the Landmark Theatre, which concluded on November 12.

In addition to three weeks of performances, The Lion King's crew members, actors and musicians, alongside members of the show's award-winning creative team, lived and worked in Syracuse for five weeks to relaunch this newly configured National Tour. The Lion King's longevity in Syracuse had a significant economic impact on the area, as cast, crew and locally-hired stagehands patronised businesses including restaurants and hotels, where The Lion King team spent a total of 4,251 hotel nights. The musical also provided work to 163 local stagehands who worked over 21,000 hours during the eight weeks. That's equivalent to over 10 full time year-long jobs.

It is estimated that the Syracuse engagement of The Lion King generated an economic benefit of more than $14 million to the city. A Touring Broadway League report found that Broadway tours contribute an economic impact 3.27 times the gross ticket sales to the local metropolitan area's economy.