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January 23, 2000 | SUSAN FREUDENHEIM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With virtually all of them dressed in black leather jackets, jeans and heavy boots, they might have been waiting to buy the latest hot album release or tickets to a concert. Except their smiles were a whole lot brighter and more practiced than most. And they were nervous. By 9 a.m. Saturday, more than 100 young and aspiring actors stood in line outside Hollywood's Henry Fonda Theatre for an open-call audition to begin a half-hour later.
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July 11, 2013 | By David Ng
The billionaire's club has a new member who walks on all fours and sports a handsome mane. The Walt Disney Co. said Wednesday that its North America touring productions of "The Lion King" have reached the $1-billion mark in box-office receipts, putting them ahead of the Broadway production, which opened in 1997 and is running at the Minskoff Theatre. The New York production has grossed a total of $972 million as of Sunday, according to the Broadway League. PHOTOS: Arts and culture by The Times Two touring companies of "The Lion King" have crisscrossed the continent during the past decade.
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October 26, 2000 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The assignment: Interview the four 11-year-old actors who landed the plum roles of Young Simba and Young Nala in Disney's blockbuster musical "The Lion King," at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. The dread: That the interview would be a quadruple dose of over-handled, over-groomed, self-important, stagy little adults in kid clothes. The reality: Adrian Diamond, Lisa Tucker, KaRonn A. Henderson and Jazmn are four unjaded, friendly kid-next-door types, albeit unusually talented.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2009 | David Ng
Costumes from the Tony-winning Broadway production of "The Lion King" now have a permanent home in one of the country's largest museums. The Smithsonian National Museum of American History has acquired objects from the musical's costume wardrobe designed by Julie Taymor. The gift from Disney Theatrical Productions includes items worn by the characters of Simba and the tribal shaman Rafiki. Simba's lion mask and headdress plus Rafiki's costume, custom shoes and hat will join the museum's permanent entertainment collections.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2001 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
"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."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2006 | From the Associated Press
"The Lion King," one of the world's most successful musicals, will come to the South African stage in 2007 as part of the show's 10th anniversary celebrations. "We have always dreamed of producing our show in South Africa," said Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Productions. "The music, the culture and the spirit of the country are an integral part of 'Lion King,' and opening this production brings us full circle."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2009 | David Ng
Costumes from the Tony-winning Broadway production of "The Lion King" now have a permanent home in one of the country's largest museums. The Smithsonian National Museum of American History has acquired objects from the musical's costume wardrobe designed by Julie Taymor. The gift from Disney Theatrical Productions includes items worn by the characters of Simba and the tribal shaman Rafiki. Simba's lion mask and headdress plus Rafiki's costume, custom shoes and hat will join the museum's permanent entertainment collections.
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April 30, 2000 | SUSAN FREUDENHEIM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nala will be there, as will Rafiki, flown in from London and New York. A chorus of 50 will sing Elton John's "Circle of Life" on a stage in front of the Pantages Theatre, and the famed corner of Hollywood and Vine will be closed to traffic as Disney opens the box office Wednesday for the Los Angeles theatrical production of "The Lion King." Business as usual, perhaps, for the hyped-up world of movies or the show-biz heart of Broadway. But this is L.A. theater, not known for splash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2001 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It took a conscientious casting director to remember South-Central. And a few Baptist ministers to pass the word. And a godmother who didn't mind waiting under the hot Saturday morning sun. Now it was up to 12-year-old Eric Gordon to show Disney that he "just can't wait to be king." Disney's "The Lion King" needed a couple of cubs for its ongoing Hollywood production, so casting people had come looking in the Crenshaw District.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2000 | BOOTH MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An old-style Hollywood premiere for Disney's Los Angeles production of "The Lion King" roared into the renovated Pantages Theater on Thursday night as 2,700 guests were greeted with a block-long red carpet, a flurry of flashbulbs and jostling news crews. Among the first to arrive was Disney Chairman and chief executive Michael Eisner, who said: "It's a big night. It brings our major theatrical work to Los Angeles where it was all created."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2008
Vegas roar: A new production of "The Lion King" will take up residence at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas next April. Other companies of the Disney musical are running in New York, London, Hamburg, Paris, Tokyo and Fukuoka, Japan.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2007 | Michelle Faul, Associated Press
With an explosion of drumbeats, "The Lion King" has returned to its cultural roots, and its story of assassination, coup and famine, the destruction of a nation and hopes for its rebirth is finding a special resonance in Africa.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2006 | Diane Haithman, Times Staff Writer
"THE Lion King" is back in town -- and it eats dancers like so much zebra meat. On a sunny mid-November morning, more than 100 dancers of all shapes and sizes, in prim ballet tights, bright African prints, hip-hop gear or sexy Spandex, lined up outside North Hollywood's Screenland Studios at an open casting call for the Broadway and touring productions of "The Lion King." And that was just the women -- male dancers were called for that afternoon.
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September 1, 2006 | From the Associated Press
"The Lion King," one of the world's most successful musicals, will come to the South African stage in 2007 as part of the show's 10th anniversary celebrations. "We have always dreamed of producing our show in South Africa," said Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Productions. "The music, the culture and the spirit of the country are an integral part of 'Lion King,' and opening this production brings us full circle."
BUSINESS
April 8, 2006 | Don Lee, Times Staff Writer
In little more than a year on the job, Stanley Cheung, Disney's chief in China, can lay claim to this: "The Lion King" is coming to Shanghai this summer. Cheung, 47, considered bringing the Broadway musical here such a feat that he made the announcement recently to 400 guests in Shanghai's Grand Theater in People's Square, heralding what would be one of his company's biggest productions in China since "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" played here nearly 70 years ago.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2001 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
"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."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 2000 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
In the city where looks count in the worst way, it is now official. We have established who's the fairest show-biz couple of them all: director Julie Taymor's staging of "The Lion King," and the newly fabulous Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, fresh off a $10-million make-over. Taymor's wondrously attractive production--not so much a response to the 1994 animated blockbuster as a clear improvement on it--will likely call the Pantages home well into either a Gore or Bush administration.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 1999 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
The L.A. production of Disney's lauded stage version of "The Lion King" will be at the Pantages Theatre within a year, if all goes according to plan. Previews begin on Sept. 28, 2000, with opening night scheduled three weeks later, on Oct. 19. Tickets are not scheduled to go on sale until April 29.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2001 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It took a conscientious casting director to remember South-Central. And a few Baptist ministers to pass the word. And a godmother who didn't mind waiting under the hot Saturday morning sun. Now it was up to 12-year-old Eric Gordon to show Disney that he "just can't wait to be king." Disney's "The Lion King" needed a couple of cubs for its ongoing Hollywood production, so casting people had come looking in the Crenshaw District.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2000 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The assignment: Interview the four 11-year-old actors who landed the plum roles of Young Simba and Young Nala in Disney's blockbuster musical "The Lion King," at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. The dread: That the interview would be a quadruple dose of over-handled, over-groomed, self-important, stagy little adults in kid clothes. The reality: Adrian Diamond, Lisa Tucker, KaRonn A. Henderson and Jazmn are four unjaded, friendly kid-next-door types, albeit unusually talented.
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