The Lion King comes to Africa at last

“On behalf of the people of Gauteng we welcome the announcement that the Lion King is coming home to Africa. We are proud that a production of its stature is coming to South Africa and Gauteng in particular,” Premier Mbazima Shilowa said Wednesday at the play’s media launch in Monte Casino.

Mr Shilowa said staging the play in Gauteng was an important milestone in the development of the province’s creative industries and further evidence that Gauteng is a globally competitive city region in the making.

The play, adapted from the Disney animated film about an orphaned lion cub who grows up to lead his pride, will open in March 2007 at the Monte Casino theatre in Johannesburg, where it will be staged for 52 weeks.

The musical, written and scored by the legendary team of Tim Rice and Elton John, opened in November 1997 on Broadway and on London’s West End in October 1999. It also features the work of renowned South African composer Lebo M.

Lebo M will also be performing in the local production, which he co-produced with Pieter Toerien. ‘ allafrica.com

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