Running 16 years with over 70 major art awards and currently the highest-grossing Broadway show to date, it’s no surprise that the North American tour of Disney’s The Lion King has broken the box office record at the SHN Orpheum Theatre.

Photo by Joan Marcus.

Eight performances during the week of November 19 raked in $1,674,059, breaking the previous record earned by the musical Wicked, which grossed $1,459,610.50 in ticket sales nearly three years ago.

This classic tale produced by Disney Theatrical Productions has reached over 65 million

people throughout 15 countries and grossed over $5 billion. In North America alone, The Lion King has been seen by 14 million theatergoers and grossed over $928 million in 70 cities. It boasts award-winning costumes by Julie Taymor, choreography by Garth Fagan, scenic design by Richard Hudson, original film scores by Elton John and Tim Rice, and new musical additions by South African Lebo M. Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer.

The Grammy and six-time Tony Award-winning stage musical, which made its San Francisco debut on November 1, will run at the SHN Orpheum Theatre until January 13 with shows scheduled Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, Saturday matinees at 2pm and Sunday matinees at 1pm. Select Wednesday matinees are at 2 p.m. and Sunday evening shows are at 6:30pm.

Tickets range anywhere from $35 for balcony side seats during the week to $190 for Premium seats on a Saturday night. ~ By Emily Constance