'The Lion King' opens its 20th anniversary tour in Syracuse / by Jerald Pierce

This week, Disney’s The Lion King will kick off a national tour in Syracuse that marks the 20th anniversary of the musical’s debut.

After opening on Broadway in November of 1997, The Lion King now boasts over 90 million audience members worldwide, 24 global productions (and an upcoming first-ever international tour) and the third longest Broadway run in history. The Lion King trails only Broadway stalwarts Chicago and The Phantom of the Opera. The next closest production is Cats which sits almost 800 performances behind The Lion King.

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