‘The Lion King’ on the road hits $1 billion

NEW YORK – It’s a mainstay on Broadway and now “The Lion King” has proved it’s a king on the road, too. Disney Theatrical Productions said Wednesday that the show’s total touring box office gross in North America has reached $1 billion. Producers estimate that more than 15 million theatergoers in over 70 cities across North America have seen the show since 2002.