‘The Lion King’ smashes records during Oklahoma City run

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: May 29, 2009 at 4:59 am •  Published: May 29, 2009
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The recently departed touring production of Disney’s "The Lion King” set a new box office record during its five-week engagement at Civic Center Music Hall. More than 90,000 people bought tickets to see the popular musical.

"With total box office sales exceeding $5.6 million, this engagement of ‘The Lion King’ is the highest grossing theatrical production in Oklahoma City’s history,” said Larry Payton, president of Celebrity Attractions. "Breaking the record for the number of people to see a Broadway show shines a great positive light on all of Oklahoma City.”

"The Lion King” also had a major economic impact on the city. Theatergoers, who came to Oklahoma City from 46 U.S. states, spent more than $17 million on ancillary expenditures, including hotel stays, visits to restaurants and shopping. "The Lion King” was part of Celebrity Attractions’ 2008-09 season, which concludes June 9-14 with a production of "The Drowsy Chaperone.”

For more information on that show, call (800) 869-1451.