Lion King: The King Finally Arrives in Manila

Lion King: The King Finally Arrives in Manila


If you grew up in the 90’s we imagine, you’re familiar with titles such as Aladdin, Little Mermaid, Mulan, and our personal favorite The Lion King. As a kid, we would sing along to classic hits like “I just can’t wait to be King”, and “Can you feel the love tonight”. With our cassette tapes in hand, and walking around in our walkman, we sang our hearts out while replaying these songs over and over again. This Lion King phenomenon would reach all parts of the globe, that would lead to the production of the Broadway show.

Disney originally released The Lion King in 1993 with all original songs and music from Elton John and Tim Rice.

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From the Disney classic spurred the critically acclaimed Broadway show we all know and love.  The Lion King on Broadway first came out in November of 1997, showing at the popular Minskoff Theatre. After almost 20 years, it’s one of the longest-running shows, as well as, one of the most successful shows in Broadway grossing over one billion dollars to date. We were lucky enough to be able to watch the Broadway show right here in New York City in the summer of 2012.

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Photo taken: NYC, 2012.

Seated right in the center, we had front row seats to witness the marvel. Our first Lion King experience was filled with awe, glee, and sentiment. The gorgeous sets, stunning costumes, and gripping performances of the actors were moving that left us in loud applause after the entire performance.

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The Lion King follows the story of a young cub named Simba, his struggles as a young heir to the African Pride Rock. His carefree and entitled attitude eventually causes a death in the family, this causes him to run off on his own. While on self-exile, he meets a pair of unlikely friends named Timon and Pumba.  A plea from his home eventually leads him to a path of self-discovery and he realizes he needs to reclaim his rightful place as the King of Pride Rock. It’s a story love and redemption.

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Michael Cassel Group in association with Disney Theatrical Productions announces the first international tour of the world’s #1 musical, Disney’s THE LION KING, to premiere in Manila in March 2018 and continue on to Singapore, Korea, Taiwan and ending its run in South Africa.


  • TAIWAN – OPENS 2019

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The international tour, which will be performed in English, and will launch in celebration of THE LION KING’s 20th anniversary on stage and the title’s 25th global production and this is also in parallel with Solaire Resort & Casino’s 5th anniversary. We just can’t wait until THE LION KING arrives The Theatre at Solaire this March 18th and it will run until May 6th. Check out schedules and tickets HERE.

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Stepping onto the elevator heading towards the Theatre, you can already see everyone preparing for the show, there were kiosks of the playbills, a CD of the cast singing the soundtrack and a souvenir store. In the souvenir store, there were rows of Lion King merchandise from keychains, shirts, bags, and stuffed animals would tempt you to make a purchase.

The whole theatre area was brimming with Lion King shaped food and merchandise. Even in the Theatre Café, it was quite impressive to see the menu, desserts, and pastries to also be in line with the Lion King theme. It was a challenge to look away.

We finally find our seats and wait for the curtain to open.


  • The set designs and transitions were flawless and beautifully done. Vibrant colors and patterns brought the whole stage alive.
  • The cast gave a spectacular performance, especially the kids who played young Simba and young Nala.
  • The movements of each cast member perfectly portayed the animals that they were imitating.
  • The theatre facilities of Solaire was very impressive. World class listening and viewing experience.
  • Our favorite scene was the first and last scene of the musical.

Just like my first experience with this musical, the show evoked a deep emotion of sentiment and longing for days past. It teaches each of us a lesson that whatever point you are in your life, it goes on.

The whole production was able recreate the Disney classic right here in Manila. The story of the Lion King was brought to life by the excellent performance of the cast, the crew, and the wonderful people behind the set that it recieved a standing ovation at the end of the show.


Tuesday 8:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00pm
Thursday 8:00pm
Friday 8:00pm
Saturday 2:30pm & 8:00pm
Sunday 2:30pm & 8:00pm


The LION KING runs for approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a 20-minute interval.

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Experience The Lion King for yourself.

The Theatre at Solaire

  • 1 Asean Avenue, Entertainment City, Tambo Paranaque City 1701 the Philippines


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