The Lion King Musical premiered (1999)
The Lion King is a musical based on the 1994 Walt Disney Animation Studios’ animated feature film of the same name with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. The musical debuted in 1997 in Minnesota and was successful, before premiering on Broadway in 1997. The show opened in the West End’s in 1999, and is still running after more than 7,500 performances! In September 2014, The Lion King became the top-earning title in box-office history for both stage productions and films, surpassing the record previously held by The Phantom of the Opera.