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Press Release: Tickets for Disney’s The Lion King Go On Sale 3 November


October 23, 2017 – Michael Cassel Group in association with Disney Theatrical Productions are excited to confirm that tickets to the Manila premiere of the world’s #1 musical, Disney’s THE LION KING, are going on sale to the general public on Friday 3 November 2017.

The production is also proud to officially introduce the sponsoring presenters of the Manila season – Globe and Visa.

After bringing a multitude of world-class musicals to the Philippines, Globe Telecom is honoured to announce they will be an instrumental part of the upcoming presentation of the world’s number one musical, Disney’s THE LION KING, to Filipino audiences. Senior Advisor for Globe Telecom’s Creative Marketing and Multimedia Business and the company’s live productions arm, Globe LIVE, Joe Caliro, said that the company is committed to having Filipinos experience the best first-class productions and international phenomenons, such as THE LION KING. “We are thrilled to be part of this collaboration and are looking forward to connecting our customers to this iconic global smash hit,” Caliro said. “This is one production that should not be missed,” he added 

“We are privileged to sponsor and support Manila’s first staging of Disney’s THE LION KING, which is the most successful single piece of entertainment of all time. Through this partnership, our cardholders will now be able to enjoy early access to tickets when they purchase using their Visa cards. As part of the Epic Experiences by Visa platform we will continue to bring cardholders more unique and meaningful experiences in dining, travel, retail and entertainment in the Philippines,” says Stuart Tomlinson, Visa Country Manager for Philippines and Guam.

To celebrate this announcement, Globe platinum, Globe postpaid customers and Visa credit, debit and prepaid cardholders will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to THE LION KING before the general public whilst also enjoying 10% off tickets. This special priority booking offer is only for a limited time, from 25 October to 2 November. They can do online booking through www.ticketworld.com or visit any Ticketworld branches.

“We are delighted to announce these partnerships with Globe and Visa today. Globe, as the top telecommunications company in the Philippines, and Visa, one of the world’s most recognised brands, are both leaders in their fields and we are excited to be able to share the experience of THE LION KING with their customers,” commented Producer of the international tour, Michael Cassel.

A talented international cast will star in the landmark musical event which begins performances in Manila at The Theatre at Solaire on 18 March 2018. The Manila premiere is presented by Concertus Manila.

Earlier this month, the full cast for the international tour was announced. The principal cast includes Ntsepa Pitjeng who is returning to the role of ‘Rafiki’, having performed the role in the USA, UK, Brazil, and Switzerland productions. Direct from London’s West End production is Mthokozisi Emkay Khanyile in the role of ‘Mufasa’. Also from the United Kingdom is music theatre performer Antony Lawrence as ‘Scar’.

Australian actor Andre Jewson will feature as ‘Zazu’; the charismatic New Zealand born performer Jamie McGregor will play ‘Timon’ and South African favorite Pierre Van Heerden will return as ‘Pumbaa’.

Joining the company are six actors from the Philippines. Sharing the role of Young Simba will be Julien Joshua Dolor, Pablo Palacpac and Juan Gabriel Tiongson; sharing the role of Young Nala will be Sheena Bentoy, Uma Martin and Felicity Napuli. 

Rounding out the principal cast are South African performers Calvyn Grandling, playing the much-loved role of ‘Simba’, the up-and-coming star Noxolo Dlamini as ‘Nala’, Candida Mosoma who returns to the role of ‘Shenzi’, Bjorn Blignaut as ‘Banzai’ and Mark Tatham as ‘Ed’.

Joining THE LION KING ensemble is: Ricardo Baez, Dayan Kingsley Beukes, Tertia Coetzee-Dippenaar, Viridiana Cortés, Felipe Flores, Jabulani Gambu, Liso Gcwabe, Sheila Maria Hernandez, Phumelele Jili, Christine Kapswarah, Amanda Kunene, Sfiso Matlala, Lungile Mkhize, Fumane Moeketsi, Noluyanda Mqulwana, Zodwa Mrasi, Lwazi Mzimase, Zolina Ngejane, Thato Nkwe, Thabani Ntuli, Peace Nzirawa, Nonofo Olekeng, Khanyisani Shoba, Phumelele Sikhakhane, Romy Jo Swales, Clifford Tlomatsana, Vuyelwa Tshona, Tlholo Tsotetsi, Benn Welford, Zi-Rong Wu, Daniel Guerrero Zazueta, Monde Zondi, and Sandile Zondi.

Beyond Manila, the international tour will enjoy additional seasons in Singapore, Korea, Taiwan and South Africa, with other engagements to be announced.

For further information about THE LION KING and to sign up to be the first in line for tickets, visit:



FROM 18 MARCH 2018







Anna Yulo

Concertus Manila

anna@concertusmanila.com – Tel: +63 2403 8678

For Michael Cassel Group & all international media enquiries:

Michael Cassel Group

publicity@michaelcassel.com – Tel: +61 2 8006 1334




In its 20th year, THE LION KING continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 24 global productions have been seen by more than 90 million people. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), THE LION KING is the only show in history to generate six productions worldwide running 15 or more years. Performed in eight different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese), productions of THE LION KING can currently be seen on Broadway, London’s West End, Hamburg, Tokyo and Sapporo, Madrid, Mexico City, Shanghai; Scheveningen, Holland; and on tour across North America, for a total of ten productions running concurrently across the globe. Having played over 100 cities in 19 countries on every continent except Antarctica, THE LION KING’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.          

THE LION KING won six 1998 Tony® Awards: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical. THE LION KING has also earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design.  

The show’s director, costume designer and mask co-designer Julie Taymor continues to play an integral part in the show’s ongoing success. The first woman to win a Tony Award® for Direction of a Musical, Taymor has in recent years supervised new productions of the show around the world.

The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from “Rhythm of the Pride Lands,” an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer. The resulting sound of THE LION KING is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award®-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” to the haunting ballad “Shadowland.”  

The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed The Lion King animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay. Other members of the creative team include: Michael Curry, who designed the masks and puppets with Taymor, Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), Anthony Lyn (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor) and Doc Zorthian (production supervisor). Anne Quart serves as co-producer.

For more information worldwide, visit LionKing.com


The Michael Cassel Group is a live entertainment company formed to produce, create and present the world’s greatest musical and theatrical productions, live entertainment experiences, marquee events and concert attractions.

Led by Michael Cassel, current productions include the Australian productions of Kinky Boots and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Forthcoming productions include the tenth anniversary Australian tour of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Previous productions include the triumphant Australian and international tour of Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Les Misérables, the Australian and Asian tour of Singin’ In The Rain and the recent Australian concert tour of Broadway and West End star Lea Salonga.

The company will produce the international tour of Disney’s THE LION KING from March 2018.

In addition to the group’s theatrical interests, the company represents former Australian Prime Minister, The Hon. Julia Gillard AC, former Olympian and global sporting administrator, Lord Sebastian Coe CH, KBE and media personality, Sami Lukis.

For more information, visit michaelcassel.com


Founded in 2004, Concertus Manila is one of the leading promoters of live entertainment in the Philippines.

The company focuses on providing high-calibre shows that elevate the entertainment scene year after year.

They are a full-service concert and event production company with a reputation for excellence, creativity and passion, they have presented numerous concerts, musical and theatrical events as well as corporate events.

Concertus Manila partner with foreign producers and treat Filipino’s to world-class musicals and shows like CATS, The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, STOMP, Chicago, Singin’ In The Rain, Mamma Mia! and Les Misérables.

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Yoly C. Crisanto

SVP, Corporate Communications

Globe Telecom, Inc.

Email Address: gtcorpcomm@globe.com.ph

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