The international cast of THE LION KING production in Singapore welcomed its 100,000th audience member at the Sands Theater at Marina Bay Sands last night.
The international cast of The Lion King production in Singapore welcomed its 100,000th audience member at the Sands Theater at Marina Bay Sands last night. The award-winning musical made its Southeast Asian debut in March 2011 and continues to attract thousands of audiences from around the region. The overwhelming support has led to the release of additional performances for the Singapore production. The smash hit musical featuring Academy Award-winning song by Elton John and Tim Rice 'Can You Feel The Love Tonight', has been seen by more than 54 million people worldwide since its 1997 premiere.
Singapore Management University (SMU) student Daniel Chow (23) was the lucky 100,000th audience member. Daniel was accompanied by fellow student Goh Si Ying (20). The surprised pair was presented with a bouquet of flowers and had their seats upgraded to Platinum class.
But most exciting of all was when Daniel and Goh Si Ying got to meet the lead cast of The Lion King on stage after the captivating performance. The excited pair pictured above are captured with Jonathan Andrew Hume who plays the role of Simba, Gugwana Dlamini, the wise baboon shaman Rafiki,Jean Luc Guizonne who plays Mufasa, the great warrior and ruler of the Pridelands and Puleng March who plays Nala.
Both Daniel and Si Ying said following the impressive reviews and great feedback from their friends, they were excited about watching the musical.
“We wanted to watch the musical as we grew up with The Lion King and after the rave reviews, we knew the musical will be very exciting and very enjoyable. To be the 100,000th audience member is a huge surprise and we are very excited. We would like to thank Marina Bay Sands for this opportunity. I also think The Lion King is a great way to launch other musicals in Singapore,” said Daniel.
Singapore is the latest leading city to host The Lion King after sell out performances in New York, London, Hamburg, a North American tour, Tokyo and Las Vegas. The musical is of the same Broadway-quality standards, spectacular music, dance, sets and costumes that have made it a worldwide phenomenon, however, it has also added some local elements to make this production unique to Singapore.
The Lion King began as a 1994 animated feature-length film developed and produced by the Walt Disney Company. The story, a coming of age parable set among animals indigenous to its setting, the African savanna, tells the tale of Simba, the lion cub who rises to be the King of the jungle.
Additional tickets for the award-winning musical were released in early April due to overwhelming demand. Tickets for an additional two months are now on sale through to July.
The Lion King's presenting sponsor is OCBC Bank, while MediaCorp TV 5 is the Official TV Station, Class 95 is the official radio station and Showbiz Asia is the official packaging partner; Singapore Airlines is the official airline, and it’s proudly supported by the Singapore Tourism Board.