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.
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."
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.
October 26, 2000 |
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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October 20, 2000 |
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."