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June 30, 1994 | LYNN SMITH, Lynn Smith is a staff writer for the Times' Life & Style section.
In the animated "The Lion King," an African lion-cub prince named Simba is driven from his home by a scheming uncle after his father dies, grows up with a pair of eccentric jungle animals and later returns to claim his throne and find true love. (Rated G) They know "Aladdin," "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid." They've been inundated with pre-release publicity and commercial ads for "Lion King" paraphernalia.
March 15, 2005 | F. Kathleen Foley, Special to The Times
Showered with Tony Awards when first presented in 1998, "The Lion King," based on the Disney film by the same name, is a dazzling stage spectacle crafted around the relatively modest tale of an exiled lion cub who returns in triumph to reclaim his kingdom from a regicidal uncle. Those who missed the play in its long and much ballyhooed run at the Pantages can now see a Broadway-caliber production at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa.
September 30, 2001 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
One of the funniest numbers in recent editions of "Forbidden Broadway" has been "Can You Feel the Pain Tonight?," a takeoff on "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" from "The Lion King." The number voices the laments of "Lion King" cast members who must schlep enormous masks and costumes around the stage every night. For John Vickery, that song isn't just a joke. Vickery was the original Scar in the Broadway production, then took a two-year hiatus from the role before returning to it a year ago in L.
"The Lion King" reigned in the Ovation Award nominations announced Monday. The Disney musical at the Pantages Theatre received 12 nods--three more than the runner-up, "Contact," which played the Ahmanson Theatre. Tied for third place, with five each, were the little musical "bare," Pasadena Playhouse's revival of "Do I Hear a Waltz?" and the Ahmanson Theatre musical trilogy "3hree."
December 23, 2002 | Susan King
Disney has found yet another lucrative way to breathe box office life into its classic animated titles: large-format cinema. Last holiday season, Disney debuted a special edition of its 1991 "Beauty and the Beast" -- the only animated film to be nominated for a best picture Oscar -- at Imax theaters internationally, complete with a new animated sequence and digital enhancement. The large-format version took in more than $25 million during its four-month run.
"The Lion King" won seven Ovation Awards on Monday--more than twice as many as any other show in this year's peer-judged theater awards. But a couple of relatively unheralded solo shows nabbed the top awards for nonmusical productions. The awards were presented in a snafu-studded ceremony at the new Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. It attracted an estimated crowd of 2,400 to the 3,500-seat venue, which opened last weekend and was built primarily as a home for the Academy Awards shows.
July 3, 2004 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
For Walt Disney Co., it really is a jungle out there. The Burbank media giant is being sued by a South African family that claims Disney owes them $1.6 million in damages for using a popular song written by their father in two of its "Lion King" movies.
February 19, 2004 | From Associated Press
A historic vaudeville and movie house in Boston's theater district is emerging from more than a decade in the dark to once again welcome audiences under its glittering marquee. After years of neglect that left its lavish decorations in ruins and ceiling plaster raining down on the seats, the Opera House will reopen this summer with a touring production of Broadway's "The Lion King."
February 11, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jason Raize, who played the grown Simba in the original Broadway company of "The Lion King," has died. He was 28. Raize died Feb. 3 in Yass, Australia, southwest of Sydney, according to Chris Boneau, a spokesman for the Disney musical. The cause was suicide, Boneau said. Raize was chosen for the role of Simba, who changes from a callow young lion into the aware adult played by Raize, after a series of grueling auditions before "Lion King" director Julie Taymor and choreographer Garth Fagan.
December 14, 1994 | DANA PARSONS
Finally got around to seeing "The Lion King" the other night. "What a great flick," I said to a friend the next day. "I loved how the cute little lion cub aced out his mean old uncle and the pack of hyenas and became king." "That's what you think it was about?" he said. "Well, yeah." My friend rolled his eyes. "The film was about taking responsibility," he said, sounding a trifle disappointed with me. "Huh?" "The whole point of the movie was about taking responsibility for your actions.
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