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Disney’s The Lion King Triumphantly Returns to CNY

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By popular demand, Disney’s The Lion King will return to Syracuse for the first time since its triumphant premiere in September 2011. This exclusive three-week return engagement will premiere at the Landmark Theatre in Downtown Syracuse on October 27 and will play through November 12, 2017.

Taking advantage of the NY State Theatre Tax Credit for touring productions that mount, rehearse and launch their tours in a New York State venue, The Lion King North American tour will unveil a newly-configured production, which will launch in Syracuse.  The newly congfigured production allows the tour to entertain new audiences in cities and venues which previously couldn’t accommodate the show. 

In addition to the three weeks of performances, the production will spend five weeks in Syracuse perfecting these technical changes.  During that process, a large contingent of crew members, actors and technicians – alongside members of the show’s award-winning creative team – will live and work in Syracuse.  

The economic impact of hosting The Lion King for this extended period will be far-reaching, including meals and hotels for over 100 cast and crew members, labor, advertising, vendor rentals and purchases. In addition, the ancillary spending by theatre patrons at restaurants, parking, and occasional hotel stay and shopping will support the local economy," stated Albert Nocciolino, President and CEO of NAC Entertainment/Famous Artists.

"Other states are offering aggressive tax incentives for theatrical productions and this incentive will level the field and drive millions of dollars into the state and communities where venues reside," said Albert Nocciolino, President and CEO of NAC Entertainment/Famous Artists. "Not only do these shows bring in audiences. but cast and crew of these productions will be eating in our restaurants and staying in our hotels."

Upcoming productions at the Landmark Theater, Wicked, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical and Motown The Musical will generate an estimated $14 million dollar economic impact to the local community. 

“The Landmark Theatre is thrilled to be hosting The Lion King this fall,” stated Stephanie Crockett, President of the Landmark Board of Trustees. “Having this ground-breaking production in our theatre is an incredible boost to our business, not to mention an amazing opportunity for the downtown community.” 

The economic impact of hosting The Lion King in Syracuse for this extended period will be far-reaching, including meals and hotels for over 100 cast and crew members, labor, advertising, vendor rentals and purchases. In addition, spending by theater patrons at restaurants, parking, and occasional hotel stay and shopping will support the local economy.

The Lion King won six 1998 Tony Awards®:  Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical.  The Lion King has also earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design.  

The Syracuse engagement of Disney’s The Lion King is presented by arrangement with Famous Artists and is a subscription offering of the Famous Artists 2017-2018 Broadway Theater Series. The full 2017-2018 season will be announced in a few weeks.

Posted On: February 09, 2017
Listed As: Events in CNY