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The Lion King’s First Roar In Brisbane

The Lion King’s First Roar In Brisbane

| On 30, Sep 2014

Disney’s worldwide phenomenon, The Lion King, has welcomed Brisbane to the pridelands with its first performance at The Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

On Saturday night, thrilled children and adults flooded the corridors around the arts centre in anticipation of the landmark performance that has come straight from The Minskoff Theatre in New York City.

The unbelievably talented, passionate and expressive Buyi Zama as Rafiki, the mandrill monkey and spiritual healer, spread a wave of wonderment and admiration over the audience as she opened the production with The Circle of Life.

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As Zama captured the nostalgia of all, a graceful stampede of South African animals powerfully made their way through the lower level crowds and onto the main stage.

Wild rhinoceroses, mother and baby elephants, lions, gazelles and hovering birds as rich and individually designed puppets, with highly-detailed masks and costumes brought Director Julie Taymor’s vision of the African Savannah to life.

Disney’s The Lion King impressed the audience with more than a glimpse into the iconic cartoon, as it explored traditional and tribal aspects of South Africa through cultural costumes, hair and makeup with ancestral prints and patterns, sacred wooden props and shell beading. While painted face and body artwork in earth tones, vibrant yellows, chilli reds and deep blues represented the likes of the skies, waters and minerals.


Once more, as the 10th production running concurrently across the globe, The Lion King proudly incorporated an international cast from our hometown as well as representatives from Zimbabwe, China, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Brazil and the United States, with each singer and actor illustrating incredible and engaging talents.

Winning six Tony Awards in 1998 alone, Disney’s The Lion King is a one of kind expressive, responsive and dramatic production that claims nostalgia over the audience, paying respect to the animated storybook from everyone’s childhood with a prevailing twist.

The Details

What: The Lion King

Where: Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane

When: 21 September 2015 to 25 January 2015

How Much: From $50.00 to $150.00 (Producer Package $175.00 to $195.00)


The Lion King. Images provided by the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.