(PRESS RELEASE)_(West Palm Beach, FL – May 9, 2019) – Disney’s THE LION KING is celebrating a sold-out engagement, which concluded on Sunday, May 5 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. The triumphant two-week premiere engagement, which played 16 performances from April 24 through May 5, grossed more than $2.5 million at the box office and entertained more than 32,000 theatergoers.
It is estimated that the West Palm Beach engagement of THE LION KING generated an economic benefit of more than $8.8 million to the West Palm Beach economy from travel, hotels, restaurants, parking and other businesses patronized by both theatergoers and production staff. This figure is based upon a Touring Broadway League report which found that, on average, Broadway tours contribute an economic impact 3.52 times the gross ticket sales to the local metropolitan area’s economy.
“The two-week run of THE LION KING could not have been more exciting or successful,” said Judith A. Mitchell, CEO of the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. “It was an incredible experience for all. The hard work in planning and coordination brought great anticipation from the community, our staff and volunteers and resulted in a premiere that was remarkable and did not disappoint. Our guests were totally enthralled by this completely sold-out production. It truly surpassed all expectations.”
“We were thrilled to bring THE LION KING to West Palm Beach in its premiere engagement,” said Jack Eldon, Vice President, Domestic Touring and Regional Engagements, Disney Theatrical Productions. “We are overwhelmed by the response to the show and thank the West Palm Beach community and Kravis Center for a sensational run.”
The North American touring productions of THE LION KING have been seen by more than 20 million theatergoers in over 80 cities throughout North America. Beginning this week, THE LION KING will leap onto the Ziff Ballet Opera House stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami for a 3-week engagement through Sunday, May 26. Tickets are available at www.arshtcenter.org.
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