Record ticket sales for 'Lion King' musical in Manila


Posted at Oct 26 2017 12:08 PM

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Nala and Simba in a scene from 'The Lion King.' Photo by Joan Marcus © Disney

MANILA – Disney’s “The Lion King” musical set a new theatrical box office record in Manila, its promoter said Thursday.

In a statement, Concertus Manila said “The Lion King” was able to sell “over 14,000 tickets on day one of the priority booking period, eclipsing the previous record of a single day of sales for a theatrical production.”

Tickets to the musical will be available to the public on November 3. However, Globe Platinum and postpaid subscribers as well as Visa credit, debit, and prepaid cardholders were given first dibs on “The Lion King” passes, with a special sale running from October 25 to November 2.

“From the thousands of people who joined the initial priority waitlist to the ticket sales skyrocketing on day one alone, it is clear that Manila just can’t wait for Disney’s ‘The Lion King.’ Concertus Manila is truly excited to be part of a production as monumental as this,” said Joey Verzo, managing director of Concertus Manila.

TicketWorld president Robert Sewell, for his part, said: “For years, ‘The Lion King’ had topped all our surveys when we asked the Philippine theater-going audience what they wanted to see. And now, the world’s number one musical is coming to Manila.”

The international tour of “The Lion King” will kick off in Manila, with performances at The Theatre at Solaire starting on March 18, 2018.

Six actors from the Philippines have been chosen to be part of the musical, which will also be shown in Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, and South Africa.