The Lion King Claws its Way to New Records at The Morrison Center 

It's no secret that both the original film and stage production of The Lion King are beloved across America—and if there was any doubt about the latter, BW gave the Broadway hit's Boise performance, which wrapped Oct. 4 at The Morrison Center, a five-star review. But even we didn't know just how big of a paw print the show would leave on the City of Trees. According to a Nov. 7 press release, The Lion King clawed its way to not one but two Morrison Center records during its 24-show run, netting the highest gross earnings and largest number of tickets sold at the venue for any single production.

"Bringing Disney's The Lion King to Boise has been an effort years in the making. It has been a thrill to watch the joy on the faces of our audiences as they visit the Morrison Center, some for the very first time," said Morrison Center Executive Director James Patrick in the press release. "...The positive impact of the show on our community extends well beyond the stage."

Along with bringing in $3.7 million and providing hours of top-notch entertainment to over 44,000 Boiseans, a Touring Broadway League formula indicates the play racked up $12 million in economic benefits for the City of Trees, thanks to hotel stays, restaurant meals, parking and more. In the press release, Disney Theatrical Productions Vice President of Domestic Touring and Regional Engagements Jack Eldon said that even Disney was "overwhelmed" by how enthusiastically Boise embraced the production—a reaction that every attendee can celebrate. 
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