May 11, 2007 |
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.
November 28, 2006 |
"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.
September 1, 2006 |
"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."
April 8, 2006 |
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.
October 9, 2001 |
"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."
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August 19, 2001 |
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.