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PostHeaderIcon Lion King returns to Chrysler Hall on Nov 30, 2010 for Five Weeks

Lion King returns to Chrysler Hall on Tuesday Nov 30, 2010 and will remain for five weeks, until Jan 02 2011. A run that long would once have been considered a risk. That was before the cub-turned-king helped establish Norfolk as a major theatrical market.

In the dead of night sometime this weekend, 18 tractor-trailers will plow through the streets of Norfolk headed for Chrysler Hall. They will carry 39 hyenas, 52 wildebeests, several giraffes, gazelles, zebras, antelopes, an elephant and one particular lion.

When the curtain at Chrysler Hall last dropped on “The Lion King” in January 2006, the show had set a local record by grossing $6.5 million. It sold more than 98 percent of its seats for a 45-performance run. The city reaped more than half a million dollars in admission taxes and parking revenues.

In the United States, Norfolk is one of three places where it will play next week. The other productions are on Broadway and in Las Vegas.

Chrysler Hall is undergoing a small renovation for the event. To stage the show’s opening, the entrance of an African menagerie, 97 seats were removed to create center aisles. Thirty-three additional seats were removed to house the massive sound and lighting equipment. The theater will return to its original state after Jan. 2.

Schumacher and his co-producer, Peter Schneider, have been involved with “The Lion King” for more than 20 years, since before it became the hit movie that turned into a stage phenomenon.

Lion King Musical show comes to Norfolk on Tuesday for the first time in five years. Lion King will take the stage Tuesday 30 November, 2010. Hope it will roar as loudly as it did five years ago. Get your Lion King Chrysler Hall Norfolk Tickets Online.


PostHeaderIcon The Lion King’s New Simba – Adam Jacobs Interview

“I am proud of my Filipino heritage and I credit a lot of my success to my mixed ethnicity. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t have been able to book the role of Simba if I looked like a Ken doll!” – Adam Jacobs

The Lion King's New Simba - Adam Jacobs

The Lion King's New Simba - Adam Jacobs

Filipino-American Broadway star Adam Jacobs (“Les Miserables”, “Mamma Mia”) is currently essaying the coveted role of Simba in Disney Theatrical Productions’ North American touring production of ground-breaking, multi-award winning musical “The Lion King”. The show plays the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago, IL until Saturday, November 27, 2010.

Upcoming tour engagements will include Durham, NC January 4 to 30, 2011; Providence, RI February 1 to 20, 2011; Schenectady, NY February 22 to March 20, 2011; Rochester, NY March 22 to April 17, 2011; Toronto, ON Canada April 19 to May 22, 2011; Dayton, OH June 14 to July 10, 2011; and Montreal, QC Canada August 9 to September 4, 2011.

New York University (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts alumnus Mr. Jacobs made his Broadway debut as the romantic lead Marius in Cameron Mackintosh’s Broadway revival of “Les Miserables” in 2006 to 2008. During the run at the Broadhurst Theatre, he had the opportunity to work with fellow Filipino Broadway stars Lea Salonga (“Miss Saigon”, “Flower Drum Song”), who replaced Daphne Rubin-Vega as Fantine, and Ali Ewoldt (“West Side Story”), who played Cosette. Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo took time out from her state visit to the United States in 2007 to see the world renowned musical, and personally congratulate Mr. Jacobs, Ms. Salonga and Ms. Ewoldt after the performance.

Born and raised in Half Moon Bay, California Mr. Jacobs’ Filipino blood came from his mother, whose father — originally from the province of Pangasinan in the Philippines — moved to the United States in 1965 with his wife and three children.

Mr. Jacobs’ inclination to the arts was apparent at a young age. He studied playing the piano at the San Francisco Conservatory where he would perform at his recitals from age five to 13. Portraying an additional role of the 13th apostle or the “apostle wannabe” (not in the original script) in a community theatre production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” was created just for him at age 13.

He reveals to (Philippines) that he had been to “The Lion King” auditions several times for the past eight years.
Read the complete interview at

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PostHeaderIcon Lion King comes to Proctors Theatre, Schenectady NY in February 22, 2011

The Tony Award-winning musical The Lion King comes to Proctors Theatre, Schenectady NY in February 2011 for a month-long run.

The Disney show, directed by Julie Taymor and featuring a musical score with songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, will be in Schenectady from Feb. 22 through March 20, 2011.

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PostHeaderIcon Two Weeks Remain To See Chicago’s The Lion King, Closes 11/27/2010

Only two weeks remain to see Disney’s The Lion King in Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, where performances play though Saturday, November 27, 2010. Thousands of theater-goers in Chicago have enjoyed Broadway’s Award-Winning Best Musical since the North American tour began performances on September 29, 2010. Great seats are still available for weeknight performances during the remaining two weeks.

The show’s 39-week premiere engagement in 2003 and 13-week return engagement in 2005 both played sold-out runs at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. The North American touring production of The Lion King has been seen by over 12.7 million theatergoers and grossed over $834 million to date. The tour is one of six productions running worldwide, along with New York City, London, Hamburg, Tokyo and Las Vegas. Having already played 60 cities across North America, The Lion King continues to entertain audiences in new cities.

The Lion King plays Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30PM, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8PM, Sunday evening at 6:30PM, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2PM, and Sunday matinees at 1PM, as well as Tuesday performances on November 16 and 23 at 7:30PM and a 2PM matinee on Friday, November 26. There will be no performance on Thursday, November 25 in observance of Thanksgiving.

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PostHeaderIcon The Lion King Celebrates 13 Years on Broadway at the Minskoff Theatre

The Tony-winning musical The Lion King celebrates 13 years on Broadway Saturday, November, 13 at the Minskoff Theatre.

The Disney musical made its world premiere on July 13, 1997, in Minneapolis at the Orpheum Theatre before officially opening on Broadway Nov. 13, 1997, at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The production moved to the Minskoff Theatre in June 2006.

The musical, which is now the eighth longest-running musical in Broadway history, currently features Gareth Saxe, Alton Fitzgerald White, Tshidi Manye, Cameron Pow, Ben Jeffrey and Fred Berman.

The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from “The Lion King” animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from “Rhythm of the Pride Lands,” an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer.

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PostHeaderIcon The Lion King still Roars in Chicago

The Lion King is performing successfully in Chicago, at the Cadillac Palace Theatre runs through Satuday, November 27.

The majesty of the award-winning Broadway musical, Disney’s “The Lion King,” displayed a moving and creative performance at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre. The atmosphere of the Cadillac Theatre played an equally astounding host and partner as part of the Broadway in Chicago series.

The entrance to the theatre half an hour before curtain held a full house that included adults, children and those from all backgrounds, yearning to catch a glimpse of the beloved characters, Simba and Nala.

The pageantry of the opening song, “Circle of Life,” brought excitement and wonderment to the costumes and presentation of characters. The imaginative costumes allowed the actors to embody and translate animalistic behaviors-not disguising but, instead, enhancing their forms-and helped combine animal and human traits to present each character’s own personality. The talent of acting, singing and puppeteering performed by all members of the cast left no question of showmanship.

The familiar music and lyrics, composed by Elton John and Tim Rice, and the lovable characters created an enthusiastic atmosphere, along with new songs and a new artistic approach to tell the story. Although the orchestra was not seen, two percussionists displayed talents on a range of African drums, which added to the authenticity of the African dance choreography and even enhanced the musical’s language elements.

While the performance was exceptional, the concessions in the lobby of the Cadillac Palace instilled a feeling of being in a movie theater as candy, pretzels and pre-packaged popcorn existed to accompany ticket prices. Despite the theatre’s accommodations, the performance was exceptional, moving,and brought a whole new type of enthusiasm for the familiar Disney classic. “The Lion King” runs now through Nov 27 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.

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PostHeaderIcon Young ‘Lion King’ actress Shannon Tavarez with leukemia Passes Away

Shannon Tavarez, the 11-year-old who starred on Broadway in “The Lion King” and whose battle with leukemia won the hearts of many, has died.

Shannon Tavarez

Shannon Tavarez

Shannon died Monday afternoon at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, on Long Island, of acute myelogenous leukemia, a common type of leukemia among adults, but rare among children.

Serving as an alternative to a bone-marrow transplant, Shannon received the umbilical-cord blood from an anonymous donor, as doctors were unable to find a bone marrow match. Since her diagnosis last spring, she had been through extensive chemotherapy and had spent most of her days and nights in the children’s ward of a hospital in New York. She has recently been in a children’s ICU struggling to stabilize.

Shannon got the role of Young Nala after her first open audition at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. She attended Harlem School of the Arts for vocals and piano from the age of 3. Her coach was the person who encouraged her to audition. She made her Broadway debut in September of 2009, and she played four of eight shows a week until April when her symptoms began.

Our prayers go out to Shannon’s friends and family.

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