Believe it or not, the Broadway version of Disney’s The Lion King has been running for 20 years. It’s Broadway’s third longest-running show, with over 8,310 performances. And with over $1 billion in sales, it’s the highest-grossing show in history. 

The Lion King debuted at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis on July 8, 1997, but didn’t officially launch until Nov. 13, 1997 at the New Amsterdam Theater. It’s gone on to win six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and eight Drama Desk Awards 

And to celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary, Disney managed to get Elton John to perform Circle of Life for a lucky audience at The Minskoff Theatre on Sunday. 

It’s fair to say that people enjoyed the performance…

Here’s to 20 more years.

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