The Lion King to open in Vegas

September 30, 2008 5:11:15 PM PDT
It's Simba's turn to roar on the Strip. Disney's "The Lion King" has been picked to replace "Mamma Mia!" at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino, where it will take over for the musical, part of a wave of Broadway hits to migrate to the desert.

Disney's stage version of the animated hit is the company's first show to set up residence in Sin City. Versions of the musical also are playing in six other cities as resident shows.

"Mamma Mia!" closes Jan. 4 after 2,300 performances. The show is based on the hits of 1970s supergroup ABBA and premiered in Las Vegas in 2003.