The King Has Left the Building
Two award-winning musicals are checking out of Chicago this weekend. The Lion King's final curtain call is tonight and Billy Elliot will dance his last dance at Sunday's matinee performance. The Cadillac Palace has been home to Disney's The Lion King since the end of September, so only a limited run in comparison to its last time in Chicago five years ago. The musical has won over 20 awards including 6 Tony Awards, and is now the eighth longest-running Broadway show in history. In its short time back, the show had no problem filling seats. Sold-out performances and high demand brought ticket prices in the final weeks to upwards of several hundred dollars per ticket for orchestra level seats. After tonight, The Lion King will pack up and continue on its North American tour, making way for the witches of Oz to take the city by storm - or by broom, rather.