February 4, 2011
The Broadway production of The Lion King is coming to Wichita.
The city of Wichita and the Wichita Theater League made the announcement during a news conference at Century II today.
The production will be showing at the Concert Hall sometime in the fall of 2012, but more specific details have not been released. The city's manager of the Division of Arts & Culture Services, John D'Angelo, says the show will make an extended production in Wichita.
D'Angelo says he believes the 2009 production of Wicked helped spur The Lion King to bring its production to Wichita. He also expects ticket sales to surpass the 41,000 sold for Wicked.
Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer attended the announcement, saying bringing such large productions would not be possible without the $22 million in improvements the city has approved for Century II.
"It's just like your home. You have to make that investment in your home to be able to get a much larger return on it, and in this particular case you have to do the exact same thing, you have to continue to make those improvements," said Brewer.
There have already been $950,000 in improvements completed to the Concert Hall, but there will need to be more before The Lion King comes to Wichita in order to accommodate the large set and cast. Without the improvements, city leaders say the production would not be possible.
"No, the answer is no. The answer is that the show would literally not fit on our stage," said D'Angelo.
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