The Lion King has become the top grossing stage show in box office history with a worldwide gross of $6.2 billion, according to the Associated Press.
The show surpassed The Phantom of the Opera, which has earned $6 billion over the years and still has the distinction of the longest running show in Broadway history.
“It’s difficult not to become emotional at this realization of the show’s impact,” said Thomas Schumacher, president and producer at Disney Theatrical Productions. “Our goal then was to tell the story purely and theatrically so that audiences could feel it in their heart. And, to this day, that is the audience experience whether they see the show in Madrid; Appleton, Wisconsin; South Africa; Tokyo or Broadway. Of that, we are deeply proud.”