Entertainment

The Lion King set to roar in debut Brisbane season

Nick Afoa as Simba in The Lion King.
Nick Afoa as Simba in The Lion King.

DISNEY'S award-winning musical The Lion King will make its Queensland debut in Brisbane later this year.

The acclaimed live show will start its premiere season on September 26 at QPAC's Lyric Theatre, it was announced today.

It has been a decade since the beloved stage show first played in Australia at Sydney's Capitol Theatre.

Director Julie Taymor's vision of the African savannah comes to life in this locally-crafted production, featuring the most multicultural cast of any Australian-produced stage musical to date.

"We are thrilled to bring The Lion King to Brisbane for the first time ever and I know that Queensland audiences will love this new Australian production of Julie Taymor's visionary stage event," said Thomas Schumacher, president and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions.

Now in its 17th year, The Lion King is the highest-grossing Broadway show in New York history and is based on the Oscar-winning 1994 animated film.

Buyi Zama as Rafiki.
Buyi Zama as Rafiki. Deen van Meer

This Australian production is the 10th production of The Lion King running around the world, with shows on Broadway and on tour across North America, Tokyo and on tour in Japan, in London's West End and on tour throughout the UK, and in Hamburg, Madrid and Sao Paolo.

Auckland native Nick Afoa will play central character Simba, while South African performer Josslynn Hlenti will play Nala.

The cast also includes Aussies Rob Collins as Simba's father Mufasa, voiced by James Earl Jones in the animated film, and Josh Quong Tart as Simba's aggrieved uncle Scar.

Pre-sale tickets are available now, while general public tickets will be released on Friday.

For more information go to The Lion King website.

Topics:  editors picks, the lion king


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Residents not happy with rise

BUDGET IS OUT: Mayor Luke Smith and Treasurer Trevina Schwarz deliver the 2016-17 Logan City Council Budget.

Rates increase angers residents.

Recognise this person?

At around 8:30am on 13-May-2016 a female attended an Eagleby grocery outlet where it is alleged she selected an item from the store and placed the item under clothing using another item as a shield in an effort to conceal her actions. The female left without paying for the item.Police believe the person pictured may be able to assist with their investigation.Reference: QP1600934820Photo Contributed

Police need your help to solve this crime.

Cheer for Destiny

HERE’S CHEERS: Destiny-Lea Wilson-Scott, 11, is in the grand final for Miss Diamond Australia.

Set to take on Miss Diamond Australia 2017.

Latest deals and offers

A $4M transport boost

$4 million will go towards providing new and better public transport services across Logan.

Residents not happy with rise

BUDGET IS OUT: Mayor Luke Smith and Treasurer Trevina Schwarz deliver the 2016-17 Logan City Council Budget.

Rates increase angers residents.

Recognise this person?

At around 8:30am on 13-May-2016 a female attended an Eagleby grocery outlet where it is alleged she selected an item from the store and placed the item under clothing using another item as a shield in an effort to conceal her actions. The female left without paying for the item.Police believe the person pictured may be able to assist with their investigation.Reference: QP1600934820Photo Contributed

Police need your help to solve this crime.

Cheer for Destiny

HERE’S CHEERS: Destiny-Lea Wilson-Scott, 11, is in the grand final for Miss Diamond Australia.

Set to take on Miss Diamond Australia 2017.

Grocery store thefts

Just prior to 6pm on 29-May-2016 a male entered an Eagleby grocery store where it is alleged he collected a number of items, secreting them under clothing before attending the registers and declaring and paying for just one item. Police believe the person pictured may be able to assist with their investigation.Reference: QP1600978567Photo Contributed

Supermarket hit during crime.

Promise for maternity refurb

PROMISE MADE: Federal MP for Rankin and ALP candidate for Forde Des Hardman with local mother, Rachel Torpy outside Logan Hospital.

Funding for maternity promised.

Dash Cam of Slip in Snow

Even light snow can be hazardous.

Dash cam shows how easy it is to lose control in even light snow.

Chaos outside Istanbul Airport

Turkish police block the road after an suicide bomb attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, 28 June 2016. At least 10 people were killed in two separate explosions that hit Ataturk Airport.

Distress as cars escape Istanbul airport after bombing.

Panic inside Istanbul Airport

Turkish police block the road after an suicide bomb attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, 28 June 2016. At least 10 people were killed in two separate explosions that hit Ataturk Airport.

Dramatic vision from inside Istanbul airport after explosin.

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward