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PostHeaderIcon Lion King in Las Vegas Welcomes Its One Millionth Guest

Disney’s Lion King at Mandalay Bay Resort Casino in Las Vegas welcomed its a millionth guest Saturday, May 21 during “Fan Appreciation Month” as segment of its two-year jubilee celebration. The Lion King’s run in Las Vegas outlines the production’s longest sit-down rendezvous off Broadway in North America.

Lion King Las Vegas One Millionth Guest

Lion King Las Vegas One Millionth Guest

The Welch family of Las Vegas was named the lucky winner and received an ultimate summer getaway. The family – comprised of parents Robert and Shaneka, and daughters Rachael, 7, and Kaitlynn, 6 – saw Lion King for the first time as their Mother’s Day gift to Shaneka. The 16-year Vegas residents’ prize package includes an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City where they will enjoy Disney’s Mary Poppins and The Lion King on Broadway. Before jetting off to the Big Apple, the family will celebrate with a relaxing two-night staycation at Mandalay Bay in a luxurious suite.

The smash hit has been seen by more than 55 million people in 18 different productions worldwide since its 1997 premiere. THE Lion King productions have grossed more than $4.3 billion to date and have cumulatively run 83 years. Newsweek calls the Tony® Award-winning sensation “a landmark event in entertainment” and The New York Times says, “You will gasp again and again at the visual majesty of the show…There is simply nothing else like it.”

Mandalay Bay’s production of The Lion King continues to reign as a landmark musical event, winning audiences over with extraordinary musical score, breathtaking costumes and a heartfelt story, while earning record-breaking numbers at the Mandalay Bay Theatre. The show is performed Monday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday shows at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Lion King Las Vegas will perform its final show Dec. 30, 2011.


PostHeaderIcon Lion King Tour 2011-12 Update

Disney’s Lion King Announced Tour Dates till September 2012.

Lion King Musical Current Schedule is listed below:

April 19 to June 12, 2011 Toronto, ON Princess of Wales Theater
June 14 to July 10, 2011 Dayton, OH Schuster Performing Arts Center
July 14 to August 07, 2011 Ottawa, ON Canada National Arts Centre
August 09 to September 04, 2011 Montreal, QC Canada Place Des Arts
September 06 to October 02, 2011 Syracuse, NY Mulroy Civic Center At Oncenter (Crouse Hinds Theater)
October 04 to October 30, 2011 Buffalo, NY Sheas Performing Arts Center
November 02 to December 04, 2011 Denver, CO The Buell Theatre
December 07, 2011 to January 08, 2012 Baltimore, MD Hippodrome Performing Arts Center
January 12 to February 12, 2012 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theatre-MN
February 15 to March 11, 2012 Richmond, VA Landmark Theatre VA
March 14 to April 15, 2012 New Orleans, LA Mahalia Jackson Theatre
April 17 to May 13, 2012 Orlando, FL Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre
May 15 to June 11, 2012 Miami, FL Ziff Opera House At The Adrienne Arsht Center
June 12 to July 08, 2012 Greenville, SC Peace Center-SC
July 10 to August 12, 2012 Houston, TX Sarofim Hall Hobby Center
August 15 to September 02, 2012 Saint Louis, MO Fabulous Fox Theatre-St. Louis MO

PostHeaderIcon Lion King Dayton’s Tour and Cast Update

The North American touring production of The Lion King will be visiting Dayton, Ohio in the month of June 2011. Lion King will be performing at Schuster Performing Arts Center from June 14 till July 10, 2011.

The casting update for the Dayton premiere engagement of Disney’s The Lion King: The sardonic and deviously cunning “Scar” is played by J. Anthony Crane. Dionne Randolph is “Mufasa,” the great warrior and ruler of the Pridelands. Brenda Mhlongo is the wise baboon shaman “Rafiki.” Tony Freeman portrays the prim and proper hornbilled bird “Zazu.” Ben Lipitz is the carefree warthog “Pumbaa” and Nick Cordileone is the wisecracking meerkat “Timon.” Mufasa’s son, “Simba,” the lion prince born to be king, is played by Jelani Remy and Syndee Winters is the loyal lioness “Nala.”

The three evil hyenas are played by Omari Tau (“Banzai”), Monica L. Patton (“Shenzi”) and Ben Roseberry (“Ed”). The role of “Young Simba” is alternated between Dusan Brown and Jerome Stephens, Jr. and the role of “Young Nala” is alternated between Monique Lee and Madai Monica Williams.

Lion King Dayton Ohio Schedule:
Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 8 PM
Sunday evenings at 6:30 PM
Saturdays Matinee at 2 PM
Sundays Matinee at 1 PM

Lion King has been seen by over 13.2 million theater fans and grossed more that $867 million to date. Having already played more than 60 cities across North America, Lion King now proudly makes its Dayton premiere at the Schuster Center playing through July 10, 2011. The engagement has already sold most of it’s tickets. But still there are few seats available.

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PostHeaderIcon Disney’s The Lion King at Mulroy Civic Center At Oncenter (Crouse Hinds Theater) September 06, 2011

Disney’s The Lion King Tour will park its actors and sets in Syracuse, New York for almost a month. Lion King will be at Mulroy Civic Center At Oncenter (Crouse Hinds Theater) from September 06 to October 02, 2011.

Take Africa’s animal kingdom, add the story of a lion-cub prince who becomes fatherless, and give director and master puppeteer Julie Taymor free reign. Throw in scores by Elton John, Tim Rice and Hans Zimmer. Now you have an idea why “The Lion King” has remained an audience favorite since its opening in November 1997. The winner of six Tony awards, the musical is based on the 1994 Disney film with the same title.

Disney’s The Lion King was good for downtown Schenectady according to the Times-Union. The 77,000 people who attended the 32 performances spent $5.2 million at the box office, and generated another $15 million in economic benefits to Schenectady from spending at hotels, restaurants and other businesses.

The popular Disney musical will be in Syracuse from September to October. Fans lined up early Saturday morning at the Civic Center, waiting for the box office to open at 10:00. The Lion King production will premier on Tuesday, September 6, 2011.

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PostHeaderIcon Clifton Oliver As Simba in Lion King’s Broadway’s Minskoff Theater

Disney Theatrical Productions: The Lion King Welcomes Clifton Oliver As Simba to Broadway’s Minskoff Theater. Clifton Oliver took over the role as Simba starting from Friday, May 13. Dashaun Young, who played his final Broadway performance on Saturday, May 7 as Simba, will reprise the role with the Las Vegas company on Monday, June 20. Oliver originated the role of Simba in the Las Vegas production at Mandalay Bay (2009) and the Los Angeles production at the Pantages Theater (2000) and performed as Simba on the first national tour.

Clifton Oliver As Simba in Lion King Broadway

Clifton Oliver As Simba in Lion King Broadway

Clifton Oliver also starred on Broadway as Benny (opposite Jordin Sparks) in In the Heights and as Fiyero in Wicked and appeared in the Los Angeles company of Ragtime. Oliver’s Off-Broadway credits include Wig Out and Miracle Brothers (Vineyard Theatre). Touring productions include Benny in Rent (Australia) and Teen Angel in Grease (second national). Television includes a guest starring role as Mad Hoops on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”

Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, The Lion King is currently playing at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre (200 West 45th Street). The show officially opened on Broadway on November 13, 1997.

The Broadway cast of The Lion King also features GARETH SAXE as the sardonic and deviously cunning “Scar,” ALTON FITZGERALD WHITE as “Mufasa,” the great warrior and ruler of the Pridelands, and TSHIDI MANYE as the wise baboon shaman “Rafiki.” CAMERON POW portrays the prim and proper hornbilled bird “Zazu,” TOM ALAN ROBBINS is the carefree warthog “Pumbaa,” FRED BERMAN is the wisecracking meerkat “Timon” and CHAUNTEÉ SCHULER is the loyal lioness “Nala.”

The Lion King is the seventh longest-running musical in Broadway history and one of only five productions in theatre history to play for ten years or more, both on Broadway and in the West End. The Lion King can currently be seen on Broadway (its flagship production), on stages across North America, and in Las Vegas, London’s West End, Hamburg, Tokyo and Singapore.

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PostHeaderIcon Samantha Ware to Play Nala in Lion King Las Vegas Production

Samantha Ware to Play the Role of Nala in Lion King Las Vegas Production Starting June 13, 2011.

“The Lion King” reached out to Ware in March while she was in Kansas City, playing opposite Sally Struthers in “Chicago” at Union Station’s City Stage. She took off the spring semester from Doane, where’s she’s a sophomore.

Samantha Ware to Play Nala in Lion King Las Vegas Production

Samantha Ware to Play Nala in Lion King Las Vegas Production

She played Mimi in “Rent” last year at the City Stage in Union Station, in Kansas City, Mo. Locally, however, she is a stage veteran, having appeared in numerous shows at the Lincoln Community Playhouse, Pinewood Bowl and her high school, Lincoln North Star. Samantha Ware is a 2009 North Star graduate.

She went to New York to audition for a role in the Broadway production of Lion King. Producers of “The Lion King” called her in December, but, unfortunately, lost out on the role after reaching the final two. But there was a consolation prize — “The Lion King” asked if she would be willing to play Nala in its Las Vegas production at the Mandalay Bay casino. She agreed, and will begin her run June 13.

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PostHeaderIcon Wayne Rooney, The Manchester United striker a huge fan of The Lion King

Wayne Rooney, The Manchester United striker has revealed he is a huge fan of Disney film The Lion King.

The Manchester United striker says he watches the animation with one-year-old son Kai, and reckons he enjoys it more than him. He Tweeted his Twitter followers: “Just watching the Lion King with Kai for the 100th time haha. Still not bored of it.”

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Lion King is currently playing on tour in Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theater till June 12, 2011.


PostHeaderIcon Ava Brennan West End debut in The Lion King for The Principal Role of Lioness ‘Nala’

Liverpool actress Ava Brennan will make her West End debut on May 17th 2011 as she joins the London cast of Disney’s award-winning musical The Lion King. Ava will play the principal role of lioness ‘Nala’, having recently played in the Hamburg production.

Ava Brennan will Play the Principal Role of Lioness ‘Nala’

Ava Brennan will Play the Principal Role of Lioness ‘Nala’

Originally from Bootle in Liverpool, Ava trained at the Loretta Legge Theatre School in Maghull, Merseyside where she gained extensive training in ballet, modern dance and tap.

She then went on to achieve roles in various European productions of Oklahoma! Aida, The Count of Monte Cristo and Hairspray.

Ava Brennan said: “When I first got offered the job to play Nala in the London production, I was ecstatic. It has been a dream of mine to perform on the West End since I was little, I still cannot believe it now! I am so excited to get on stage and be part of the Lion King family.”

Now in its twelfth year at the Lyceum Theatre, The Lion King continues to reign as one of London’s most popular musicals. Over 9 million people have seen the show since it opened in London in October 1999 and 55 million people have seen The Lion King worldwide. With record-breaking productions in New York, Las Vegas, Singapore, Hamburg and Tokyo, this global phenomenon also on North American tour is set to launch in Madrid in October 2011.

Associate Director John Stefaniuk, who has worked closely with Ava said: “Ava is a true gift to The Lion King. Finding an actress with the ability to play Nala is always challenging as it’s a role with extraordinary physical, vocal and emotional demands.

“However, Ava took on the role with such commitment in Hamburg that bringing her to the West End was an easy decision for us. She is an outstanding addition to our West End production.”


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