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The Circle Of Life: The Lion King Hits New Highs

Just when you thought The Lion King couldn’t get any bigger, it does. Over the summer the musical celebrated reaching over 80 million guests world wide, and 2015 keeps on getting better. As of October 31, 2015, The Lion King officially hit a whopping 7,486 performances on Broadway, bumping it up to the third-longest running show in Broadway history. The position that was previously held by Cats, which closed after 7,485 performances in 2000.

As if that wasn’t enough, producers of The Lion King did something that made me — and I think everyone in America– squeal with glee. Disney announced that the 18-year-running musical would begin offering a digital online lottery for $30 tickets starting November 16th.

“For many years we have explored ways to make more affordable tickets to The Lion King available to the public,” Andrew Flatt, senior vice president at Disney Theatrical Productions, said in a statement to the New York Times.

Entries to The Lion King ticket lottery will be accepted online each evening before a performance until 9 a.m. the following morning, and winners will be notified immediately. They will have a 60 minute window to pay for the tickets. Why such a limited time? To prevent scalpers from getting tickets and selling them for thousands more than their face value (I’m looking at you Hamilton ticket scalpers, I’m looking at you.)

In even more tech news for Disney, the show has also released a 360-degree video of the show’s famous opening number, making it the latest musical to implement virtual reality technology inside a Broadway theater (Andrew Lloyd Webber made sure we didn’t forget about that School of Rock music video).  Produced by Total Cinema 360, the five-minute video gives viewers a detailed immersive perspective of the opening number from the actors’ point of view. Viewers are able to scroll in all directions to see the opening featuring 31 costumed cast members from the Minskoff Theatre aisles and balconies, and from the stage.

Check out the video below and tell us what you think!

*The video is best viewed on YouTube or Facebook — on mobile using the latest version of each app and on desktop using the latest Chrome browser.*

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