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PostHeaderIcon Lion King Musical gallery – In the dressing room with ‘Lion King’s Rafiki

From the opening song “Circle of Life,” Rafiki is one of the most beloved characters in “The Lion King.” Actress Buyi Zama brings life to the character with an engaging spirit that shines from inside out.

khou.com were invited backstage to watch makeup artist Jennifer Anderson transform Buyi into the wise baboon of Pride Rock.

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Lion King’s Rafiki – Actress Buyi Zama

Lion King Actress Buyi Zama

Lion King Actress Buyi Zama

The Lion King musical is playing at Houston’s Hobby Center through August 12, 2012. Watch the Lion King musical live, Get Lion King Houston TX tickets Online. Avail $15 OFF on Lion King Sarofim Hall Hobby Center Ticket Orders of $350 or more by using code SUMMERTIXTN at Checkout.

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PostHeaderIcon Lion King Broadway production – “Circle of Life” Video

Lion King on Broadway at Minskoff Theatre.

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PostHeaderIcon Lion King Broadway Box Office Update for Week Ending 07/15/2012 – Crossed $2 Million

The Lion King crossed the $2 million mark to top the chart in a strong week. Lion King Broadway Musical grossed $2,002,353 and had an attendance rate of 100.0%, about 0.4% more than that of the previous week. The 28 shows on the boards grossed $23,438,088, improving around 7.38% from the previous week’s totals.

Below are the Top 12 Grosses from BroadwayWorld.com for the week ending 07/15/2012.

1. The Lion King – (MINSKOFF) $2,002,353
2. Wicked – (GERSHWIN) $1,980,214
3. Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark – (FOXWOODS) $1,738,983
4. The Book Of Mormon – (EUGENE O’NEILL) $1,637,543
5. Evita – (MARQUIS) $1,212,448
6. Newsies – (NEDERLANDER) $1,055,178
7. Mary Poppins – (NEW AMSTERDAM) $1,021,205
8. Once – (JACOBS) $1,015,977
9. Jersey Boys – (AUGUST WILSON) $955,638
10. The Phantom Of The Opera – (MAJESTIC) $914,957
11. Mamma Mia! – (WINTER GARDEN) $863,782
12. Nice Work If You Can Get It – (IMPERIAL) $814,142

{Via BroadwayWorld.com}

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PostHeaderIcon The Lion King Houston TX Review – A Brilliant Collaboration of Theatrical Geniuses

The Lion King is currently playing on tour in Houston, TX beginning Tuesday July 10, 2012 at Hobby Center. Here is the Lion King musical review by Jim J. Tommaney.

Disney’s The Lion King roars into town with its menagerie of spectacle, stagecraft and human emotions grafted onto a pride of lions, showcasing what inventive minds can accomplish with apparently unlimited funds and unlimited imaginations.

After an opening with the mandrill Rifiki, a quasi-shaman, celebrating the birth of a lion cub to the jungle’s ruler, we are treated to a panoply of animal puppetry brought to exciting life by human actors. Some, like the giraffes and even the elephant, are remarkably realistic, and others more deliberately transparent but convincing because of their movements, such as the prancing oryxes and the singularly menacing and seductive cheetah. And there are solitary singers in the higher loges and birds fluttering in the sky and drummers on African tom-toms in the lower loges, and the animals parade down the aisle and enter to crowd the stage with delight. The spectacle grabs the audience by the throat, no, the heart, and almost never lets go.

Read the complete review {Via HoustonPress.com}

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PostHeaderIcon The Lion King Tour in Greenville Grossed over $5.1 Million at the Box Office

The four-week engagement of Lion King Musical in Greenville grossed over $5.1 million at the box office and entertained more than 63,500 patrons, making it the highest-grossing theatrical production in Greenville history.

Disney’s The Lion King continues to reign across North America with a sold-out, record-breaking engagement in Greenville which concluded on Sunday, July 8 at The Peace Center.

It is estimated that by the conclusion of the Greenville engagement, The Lion King will generate a $17.8 million economic benefit to the city from travel, hotels, restaurants, parking and other businesses patronized by both theatergoers and production staff. This figure is based upon a Touring Broadway League report which found that, on average, Broadway tours contribute an economic impact 3.5 times the gross ticket sales to the local metropolitan area’s economy.

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PostHeaderIcon The Lion King Review – Musical Continues its Reign

North American tour of Lion King returns for its third visit to Houston, beginning Tuesday July 10, 2012 at Hobby Center. The Broadway musical continue performances at Sarofim Hall – Hobby Center through August 12, 2012. Here is the Lion King musical review by By Everett Evans.

Disney Theatrical’s megahit stage adaptation of the 1994 animated film logged another milestone in April, becoming Broadway’s top-grossing production ever. Its box-office total of $853 million surpassed that of “Phantom of the Opera,” now in its 25th year and still Broadway’s long-run champ.

But the Broadway production and North American tour (which has played to 14 million people and grossed $928 million) are only the beginning of this show’s worldwide success. To date, 19 productions of “The Lion King” have played to 64 million people in 15 countries across five continents, grossing $4.8 billion.

Besides the Broadway run and the tour seen here, there’s a company traveling in Japan, a U.K. tour that starts next month and open-ended runs continuing in London, Madrid, Hamburg and Tokyo.

Additions to the score by South African musician Lebo M and others injected authentic world-music influences alongside the Elton John-Tim Rice songs. Richard Hudson’s bold settings were influenced by African textile design, while Garth Fagan’s choreography mixed African dance moves with ballet and modern.

Yet it was Taymor’s extensive use of puppets and masks from various world-theater traditions that proved most crucial to the stage show’s unique visual profile. The techniques featured include: stylized African masks, most worn above the head rather than over the face; Bunraku puppetry, with large figures manipulated by teams of puppeteers in full view; and Indonesian shadow puppetry, with moving figures of wood and animal hide silhouetted on a muslin screen.

Taymor and Curry devised a different means for depicting each animal – as prominently displayed in the celebrated “Circle of Life” opening sequence.

The giraffes are performers on stilts that extend their arms and legs, with the tall neck and head worn atop the actors’ crown.

The cheetahs are puppets whose hind legs are worn like trousers, while the performer manipulates the puppet torso and front legs with sticks.

The zebras reverse that format. The performer wears the neck and head attached with shoulder straps, pulling the back end behind. The zebra neck and head is attached to each performer with shoulder straps, pulling the back end whose hind legs are manipulated with sticks.

The success of “The Lion King” helped pave the way for other hits showcasing various forms of inventive puppetry, from “Avenue Q” to the current “War Horse.”

As technical director of the Broadway production and this tour, David Benken supervises all technical aspects of the complex production, making sure they mesh.

Even though the actual load-in of the production to each theater takes four days, the tour manages to close one engagement on Sunday and begin the next two days later. Benken explains how.

“We use two complete duplicates of settings and equipment, so we can open in one city just after closing in the previous one. Otherwise, we’d need a week’s break between engagements. The things we do carry from each city to the next, besides the cast, are the wardrobe and puppets.”

‘The Lion King’ by the numbers

* 134 people in this touring company – 49 cast members, 19 wardrobe people, 18 musicians, 11 carpenters, 10 electricians, 5 hair and makeup artists, 4 props people, 4 stage managers, 3 puppet craftsmen, 3 sound people, 2 creative associates, 2 company managers, 2 merchandise associates, 1 child guardian and 1 physical therapist.

* 200 puppets used in the show depicting 25 species of animal

* 18 trucks (14 of them 53-foot semitrailers) to transport sets, puppets and other materials

* 7 days prep required to set up the show at each new venue (3 days of advance prep, 4 days of on-site technical preparation)

* 6 African languages heard in the course of the show: Swahili, Zulu, Xhosa (the click language), Sotho, Tswana, Congolese

* 45 wigs

* 3,000 stalks of grass required for yearly upkeep of the 20 Grasslands headdresses

* 100 Ants on the Ant-Hill Lady costume

* 12 Bird Kites in Act 2 opener, “One By One”

* 13 feet long, 9 feet wide – the elephant, largest animal in the show

* 5 inches long – trick mouse on Scar’s cane, smallest animal in the show

Read the complete review {Via chron.com}

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PostHeaderIcon Lion King Broadway Box Office Update for Week Ending 07/01/2012

Lion King Broadway Musical grossed $1,944,704 and had an attendance rate of 100.0%, same as that of the previous week. The 30 shows on the boards grossed $23,877,257, slipping around 0.33% from the previous week’s totals.

Below are the Top 12 Grosses from BroadwayWorld.com for the week ending 07/01/2012.

1. Wicked – (GERSHWIN) $2,033,004
2. The Lion King – (MINSKOFF) $1,944,704
3. The Book Of Mormon – (EUGENE O’NEILL) $1,615,956
4. Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark – (FOXWOODS) $1,608,683
5. Evita – (MARQUIS) $1,191,200
6. Newsies – (NEDERLANDER) $1,048,090
7. Once – (JACOBS) $1,039,207
8. Mary Poppins – (NEW AMSTERDAM) $929,166
9. The Phantom Of The Opera – (MAJESTIC) $889,043
10. Jersey Boys – (AUGUST WILSON) $887,165
11. Nice Work If You Can Get It – (IMPERIAL) $804,816
12. Mamma Mia! – (WINTER GARDEN) $750,421

{Via BroadwayWorld.com}

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PostHeaderIcon Matthew McConaughey with Family Watch Lion King at Minskoff Theatre in NYC

Film star Matthew McConaughey took his family to see the Broadway production of The Lion King, at the Minskoff Theatre, on Thursday, June 28. Afterwards, he met up with cast members including Alton Fitzgerald White, who plays Mufasa, and Adam Jacobs, who stars as Simba.

McConaughey co-stars in the highly anticipated male stripper movie Magic Mike, which opens this weekend. His many additional film credits include The Lincoln Lawyer, A Time to Kill, and U-571.

Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camila take their kids to see The Lion King on Thursday (June 28) at the Minskoff Theatre in NYC.

Matthew McConaughey Visits Lion King at NYC With Wife and Kids

Matthew McConaughey Visits Lion King at NYC With Wife and Kids

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