(Syracuse, NY) November 20, 2017 – Disney’s The Lion King has set the record for the highest-grossing engagement in Syracuse theatrical history with a gross of $4.1 million. The award-winning musical entertained 53,104 theatergoers during the three-week engagement at The Landmark Theatre, which concluded on November 12.
In addition to three weeks of performances, The Lion King’s crew members, actors and musicians, alongside members of the show’s award-winning creative team, lived and worked in Syracuse for five weeks to relaunch this newly configured National Tour. The Lion King’s longevity in Syracuse had a significant economic impact on the area, as cast, crew and locally-hired stagehands patronized businesses including restaurants and hotels, where The Lion King team spent a total of 4,251 hotel nights. The Lion King also provided work to 163 local stagehands who worked over 21,000 hours during the eight weeks. That’s equivalent to over 10 full time year-long jobs.
It is estimated that the Syracuse engagement of The Lion King generated an economic benefit of more than $14 million to the city from travel, hotels, restaurants, parking and other businesses patronized by both theatergoers and production staff. A Touring Broadway League report found that Broadway tours contribute an economic impact 3.27 times the gross ticket sales to the local metropolitan area’s economy. The estimated total figure also takes into account local expenditures during the extra five weeks of tech in Syracuse.
“We are thrilled that Disney Theatrical Productions chose Syracuse, NY and the Landmark Theatre to relaunch their North American Tour of The Lion King and that they are participating in the New York State Theatrical Tax Credit Program,” said Albert Nocciolino, President and CEO of NAC Entertainment. “We are especially pleased with the tremendous response and support of the entire community that provided for a very successful engagement, and are sure that Syracuse will continue to attract many more National Touring Broadway Shows.”
“We were so proud to share the experience of launching this new tour with audiences in Syracuse,” stated Jack Eldon, Vice President, Domestic Touring and Regional Engagements, Disney Theatrical Productions. “We are overwhelmed by the enduring response to the show and thank the Syracuse community and our partners at Famous Artists and The Landmark Theatre for another sensational engagement.”
This new tour of The Lion King will now be able to entertain audiences in cities and venues which previously couldn’t accommodate the show. Advanced technologies, new since the tour launched in 2002, will enable this production to travel faster, while maintaining the spectacle, scale and emotional impact of Julie Taymor’s original vision. The North American touring productions of The Lion King have been seen by more than 19 million theatergoers in over 70 cities throughout North America.