The Lion King is about to become the first billion-dollar Broadway musical. The Disney production scored by Elton John (with lyrics by Tim Rice) has been a New York theatrical hit for nearly 17 years. It is expected to pass a billion-dollars in ticket sales before the end of this month.
Despite its longevity, the show still consistently draws big crowds. According to Broadway.com, over the course of 6,600 Broadway performances so far, The Lion King has played to 80-percent (or more) of capacity all but a dozen times!