The Lion King officially roars into Brisbane tomorrow.

Today, the cast were getting into character and invited QUT News to a sneak peak at the blockbuster Disney musical.

Riana Horner reports.


The Lion King has been delighting audiences since 1997 but this is the first time it’s opened in Brisbane.

The musical is one of the most popular in the world and this show features the biggest multicultural cast of any Australian-produced musical to date.

Nick Afoa, Adult Simba: “It transcends across a lot of ages, ethnicites, cultures and a lot of people from anywhere, no matter where you are from can relate to the story.”

This Australian performance will be the tenth version of the show currently running in the world.

Performing until January 2015, the Lion King will be the longest running show at QPAC in over a decade, and it’s a venue the performers have grown to love.

Josslynn Hlenti, Nala: “I’m from Durban in South Africa. The humidity, the weather, the friendliness of the people. It’s just so much like home.”

Director Julie Taymor brings the African Savannah to life, using costumes inspired from worldwide traditions.

The Lion King opens In Brisbane tomorrow night.

Riana Horner, QUT News.