The Lion King was the most anticipated movie of 2019 that pierced cultural boundaries and saw some of our local talent shine on the world stage. For the first time ever Disney in partnership with local talent, specifically Lebohang “Lebo M” Morake who will work closely with the iconic Eddie Clayton and a proudly local 84-piece orchestral group to bring an all-new experience to South Africa’s highest-grossing film of all time through 4 screenings accompanied by a live orchestral performance. It’s a perfect family outing for the school holidays, only at the Sun Arena at Times Square in Pretoria from 10-12 December.
Led by the prominent South African conductor Eddie Clayton, Disney’s The Lion King LIVE in Concert in collaboration with FNB, will offer families a unique musical experience that will provide memories that will last a lifetime. Passion, excitement, adventure and laughter from the 2019 film, with its iconic characters and unforgettable story, will be brought to life in goose-bump-producing and spine-tingling new ways, as the impeccable world-class Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra provides a live performance of Oscar® and GRAMMY®-winning composer Hans Zimmer’s original motion picture soundtrack.
It is with great “pride” that world-respected composer and African vocal/choir arrangement producer for the film, Lebo M, will participate with Eddie Clayton and the orchestraon opening night, 10 December. Lebo M was specifically chosen by Hans Zimmer to collaborate on the unforgettable soundtrack to the 1994 animated global hit, which earned the two a Grammy® Award, and his voice is appropriately the first to be heard as the show begins, a timeless salute to one of our nation’s great creative legends.
The enormous 84-piece orchestra will perform the original soundtrackwith seamless synchronicity throughout this screening, guaranteeing an astonishing audio-visual experience for the whole family, with sweeping, soaring audio and state-of-the-art pioneering filmmaking techniques displayed on the big screen, this is a must-experience event, a first of its kind in Africa.
The orchestra will not be in a traditional pit but on stage below the massive screen and will be made up entirely of South African musicians, keeping this historic show proudly local. From the moment the timeless first notes are heard, audiences will be swept up in an exceptional storytelling experience.
A few hints and tips to help make this festive season family outing to beat them all:
● There will be plenty of parking available at the Sun Arena and Sun Time Square Casino
● Any good safari is made better with a pair of binoculars, but please leave your cameras behind and switch off your cell phones as absolutely no recording of the show will be permitted
● Playing under the African sun can be thirsty work, so if you’re on the hunt for food or liquid refreshments, there will be enough food and beverages for all ages and tastes with a variety of bars and restaurants providing food for a king at the Time Square and the Sun Arena.
● Besides the once-in-a-lifetime riveting show, there will be masses of other types of entertainment for kids, and fun, drinks and food for young hungry tummies.
● Time is of the essence – the three evening shows begin at 7:30 pm whilst the matinee show on the 12th of December starts at 2 pm. The total duration of the show is 2 hours.
● These 4 shows are the perfect chance for a family night out for the school holidays, an extra-special date night, a festive season gift for loved ones or even an end of year corporate function.
● Tickets anyone?! No problem – for the first-off, unique and exclusive event like this in Africa, tickets are available at Computicket, ranging from R200 to R595 per person. Visit www.computicket.com