The Lion King Open Rehearsal at Star Theater Manila

Published · Monday, February 12, 2018 09:46 AM

Michael Cassel Group in association with Disney Theatrical Productions presents the first international tour of the world's #1 musical, Disney's The Lion King which will premiere on March 18, 2018 at the Theatre at Solaire, Pasay City.

This is the first time that The Lion King will be seen in the Philippines. Rehearsals for the international tour began in Manila in January 2018. Here's a sneak peek of the rehearsal of The Lion King at Star Theater Pasay.

The International tour of the Lion King assembled a truly global cast and crew for the tour, including the children cast who have joined the tour from the Philippines. They have a total of 18 nationalities in the company. They also included many South African cast members (a total of 45 in this tour), in keeping with show's spirit of authenticity. 134 people are directly involved in the daily running of The Lion King. The production will provide an economic benefit in each city, employing 34 local crew members. Around 30 additional locals will be employed during load-in, when the show gets set up in the theatre.

The Lion King is more than a musical, it has become global cultural phenomenon. It has been seen by over 90 million people worldwide, becoming only the second show in the history of theatre to do so. Having played over 100 cities in 19 countries, on every continent except Antartica, The Lion KIng's worldwide gross of US $8.1 Billion+ in earnings exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.

The Lion King has won over 70 awards, including the 1998 Tony Award for Best Musical. Director Julie Taymor made Broadway history by becoming the first woman in theatrical history to win the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical.

The score features Elton John and Tiom Rice's music from the animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice, additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymorand Hans Zimmer and music from an album inspired by the animated film, "Rhythm of the Pride Lands," written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer. Orchestrations are by Robert Elhai, David Metzger and Bruce Fowler. The resulting sound of The Lion King's score is a fusion of Western popular m,usic and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, embracing the Academy Award-winning "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and the haunting "Shadowlands."

There are 6 indigenous African languages spoken in the show; Swahili, Zulu, Xhosa (the click language), Sotho, Tswana and Congolese. The show has more than 200 puppets and The Lion King features 25 kinds of animals, birds, fish & insects.

presscon of The Lion King in Manila:

Catch for the very first time! THE LION KING on March 18 to May 6, 2018 at The Theatre at Solaire 

Tickets are on sale at or you may call (02) 891-9999.

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