The Lion King Musical International Tour to Kick Off in the Philippines

Nants ingonyama bagithi baba, sithi uhm ingonyama! - Here comes a lion, father. Oh yes, it's a lion. (from the song Circle of Life).

In celebration of Disney's the Lion King Musical's 20th anniversary, an international tour was announced. The musical's international tour will be held in the Philippines, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, and South Africa. This is indeed an awesome news to hear which means Pinoy fans and those who have been dreaming of watching one its stage shows will no longer need to go out of the country just to catch one. What's more awesome is that this tour will kick off in the Philippines in March 2018.

The initial and abrupt announcement was made through Concertus Manila Facebook page revealing nothing but "Coming to Manila. March 2018," followed by hashtags #LionKingInternational and #TheLionKingPH. Then more information were released to local media outlet such as to Rappler, ABS-CBN, Inquirer and many others.

After bringing this once in a lifetime treat to the Philippines early next year, the Lion King Musical will head on to Singapore (June), South Korea (October), Taiwan (2019), and then South Africa (2020). This tour will be part of the stage musical's 20th anniversary as mentioned above and the title's 25th year celebration since its international debut in 1994. Feeling old yet? : )

Additionally, the cast will be consisted of South African actors and auditions will begin this March 2017. The performance will be in English.

As for the ticket prices, local venue and play dates, everything will be released in the coming months. But tickets will go on sale starting this coming October according to media reports.

Ever since I became aware of this musical years and years ago, and being one of those 90s kids who really fell in love with the Lion King animated movie, I have been wanting to watch this musical play live on stage. My main concern of course has always been the budget as it's mostly held in the United States or somewhere in that part of the globe. And now that it is finally arriving in the Philippines in about a year, I will definitely make sure that I will see one of its plays. I know it's going to be somewhere in Manila, and that's fine and I am more than willing to fly from Davao City only for this.

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