Disney Theatrical Productions has announced that it will be bringing two brand-new productions of its long-running Broadway smash musical, ‘The Lion King’ to both the Shanghai Disney Resort and Mexico City, in partnership with Disney Parks and Resorts and OCESA respectively. The announcement was made today by Thomas Schumacher, president and producer, Disney Theatrical Productions. The two productions will be the 23rd and 24th mounted around the world since the show’s Broadway debut in 1997.
Although the Australian tour production had played in English in Shanghai in 2006 and became the longest-running musical in China’s history with 101 sold-out performances, ‘The Lion King’ will be now be presented in Mandarin at a world-class 1,200 seat Broadway-style theatre called the ‘Walt Disney Grand Theatre.’ The theatre will be located in Shanghai Disney Resort’s retail, dining and entertainment area, directly adjacent to the resort’s Shanghai Disneyland park. Casting for the show is scheduled to begin this summer in China with a focus on recruiting and developing local talent. Shanghai Disney Resort has engaged United Asia Arts Entertainment to support the casting efforts.
‘It is especially exciting for us to premiere at the purpose-built theatre at the 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, who will perform the show for the first time in Mandarin as they bring Julie Taymor’s singular theatrical vision to life.’
‘We are equally thrilled to bring THE LION KING to Mexico City with our partners at OCESA,’ Schumacher continued. ‘This entirely new production will be created especially for the glorious Telcel Theatre. I am proud to continue our long history presenting our productions in Mexico.’
In Mexico City, ‘The Lion King’ will be presented in Spanish and will be the largest theatrical production ever to be mounted in Mexico. OCESA also produced successful productions of Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and — most recently — the Disney and Cameron Mackintosh production of ‘Mary Poppins.’ The production of ‘The Lion King’ will begin performances in May of 2015 at the Telcel Theatre in Mexico City.