A new exhibition at the QPAC Museum opened on Tuesday in celebration of the Brisbane season of the musical, The Lion King.

In its 17th year, The Lion King remains one of the most loved musicals of all time. It is the highest-grossing Broadway show in New York history and one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its Broadway premiere on November 13 1997, there have been 22 global productions which have been seen by more than 70 million people.

The installation brings together text, images and video with original design elements and costumes to trace the development of the design, music, movement and staging of this unique production.

QPAC Museum Curator Christopher Smith said QPAC is thrilled to be presenting this exhibition and he thinks it will add to the excitement of having The Lion King musical in Queensland for the first time. The exhibition offers great insight into the making of this phenomenal musical. “I think that people are going to be blown away by the chance to get up close to the selection of unique items we have on display, many direct from the Disney Theatrical Productions archives in America and not seen before in Australia,” said Mr Smith.

Exhibition material on loan from Disney Theatrical Productions and The Lion King includes set models, design drawings, character maquettes and original costumes.

Also on display is also a series of exhibition panels exploring the different aspect of the production including staging, music, set design, make-up, choreography and puppetry.

The exhibition also includes a video presentation with interviews of key creative artists who helped make both the animated film and the live show such a spectacular success.

The Art of the Lion King Exhibition is on at the Tony Gould Gallery, QPAC Museum, QPAC, Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane (entry via Cremorne Theatre entrance Russell St) from Tuesdays to Saturdays.