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The North American tour of Disney’s The Lion King celebrated its 15th anniversary yesterday in St. Louis, where the award-winning musical is playing a nearly sold-out engagement at the Fox Theatre through May 7.

Since launching in April 2002 in Denver, CO, The Lion King North American touring productions have played over 8,000 performances during 171 engagements in 77 cities to an audience of more than 19 million.

Already in 2017, The Lion King has sold out all four of its engagements: New Orleans (where it once again set the city’s record for highest-grossing engagement), Detroit, Providence and Salt Lake City.

As previously announced, the North American tour will unveil a newly-configured production in October 2017, allowing the ground-breaking show to entertain new audiences in cities and venues which previously couldn’t accommodate the tour. Starting in the 2017-18 season, The Lion King will play premiere engagements in numerous cities, including Kalamazoo, MI; Little Rock, AK; El Paso, TX; Boise, ID; Eugene, OR and Sarasota, FL, as well as return engagements in markets previously played.

In its 20th year, The Lion King continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 24 global productions have been seen by more than 90 million people.

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