Hakuna Matata indeed! Although Disney’s behemoth Broadway musical The Lion King has shown no signs of wavering since its debut in 1997, the smash hit is about to conquer a musical theater milestone, becoming the first Broadway musical to top $1 billion in cumulative grosses.
EW has confirmed that the colorful crowd pleaser — based on Disney’s beloved 1994 animated feature — will hit 10 figures after the week of performances ending Oct. 20. Coincidentally, the spectacular box office feat (the first of any Broadway show) comes almost exactly 16 years to the day since The Lion King roared onto Broadway with its first preview performance on Oct. 15, 1997. READ FULL STORY