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PostHeaderIcon Arsht Center Cleaning Up After Sunday’s Flooding – The Lion King To Play Tuesday

The Lion King musical will resume at the Arsht Center as scheduled Tuesday night, two days after a widespread ceiling leak forced “The Lion King” hero off the stage and sent the audience sloshing toward the exits.

Heavy rains cut the show short Sunday night, as the Arsht Center was evacuated because of flooding. The arts center said that flash flooding downtown caused a drain line to leak during the performance.

Arsht Center CEO and President John Richard said in a statement Monday that the cleanup was progressing as planned. He blamed a faulty pipe from the roof’s drainage system, saying that night’s downpour caused the rupture inside the Arsht’s Ziff Ballet Opera House. “The building is safe for patrons and Tuesday evening’s 8 p.m. performance of ‘The Lion King’ will be presented as scheduled,” he said.

Richard encourage ticket holders for Sunday’s show to call their original point of purchase or the Arsht Center’s box office at 786-468-2337 to exchange tickets for a future performance. Lion King Miami FL Tickets are available for shows through June 10.


PostHeaderIcon Disney’s “The Lion King” Roars Back to Miami

Lion King Broadway Tour will stop in Miami for four weeks from May 15 to June 10, 2012.

Lion King musical is all about the noble lion king Mufasa sacrifices his own life to save his headstrong young son Simba. Mufasa’s evil brother Scar commits fratricide and rules over a dying kingdom. Young love blossoms when Simba reencounters his boyhood friend Nala, then finds the brave purpose that would make his late father proud. The darker elements of The Lion King’s universally resonant story are the stuff of Greek tragedy, but the reliably moving musical glows with a hopeful ending and many moments of beauty, joy and the celebration of life.

For two of the cast members in the Lion King’s touring company, playing the Arsht Center means coming home. Syndee Winters, a Palmetto High graduate, is playing the adult Nala, a role she has coveted since she was a child.

Syndee Sinters plays Nala in The Lion King

Syndee Sinters plays Nala in The Lion King

Syndee Winters as Nala embraces Jelani Remy as Simba in The Lion King

Syndee Winters as Nala embraces Jelani Remy as Simba in The Lion King

Sharron Williams, a New World School of the Arts and Florida State University grad, plays multiple roles — a cheetah, a lioness, a wildebeest, a hyena and more. Both women trained as dancers and are thrilled to be performing in a show choreographed by Garth Fagan, a Tony-winning modern dance figure.

“When the show played South Florida before, I was in Miami but I couldn’t afford a ticket to see it,” says Winters, who plans to teach a class at her old high school while the show is at the Arsht. “When you come to see The Lion King, you suspend your disbelief. For the next two and a half hours, you belong to us. You could be the biggest, buffest guy, but when you hear Circle of Life, you’re affected. You get a lump in your throat. You get chills.”

Winters’ pal Williams, who will also teach a class while the show is in town, expects as many as 30 people in her extended family will see The Lion King during its Arsht run. For her, the show’s appeal is a combination of story, design, music and Fagan’s demanding choreography.

“When I first saw it, I laughed, I cried, I was touched in every way,” Williams says. “The work is challenging. The beat of the drums, the costumes, the music — they make you feel fierce. I get excited every time.”

Lion King at Ziff Opera House At The Adrienne Arsht Center will perform from May 15, 2012 through June 10, 2012. Lion King Miami FL Tickets sales is in full swing. Book your Lion King Miami FL tickets in advance, Use Code #SpringSavings at Checkout to Get $10 OFF on Orders of $350 or more!


PostHeaderIcon Lion King Miami FL Schedule and Cast Update

Lion King musical tour will stop in Miami, FL on May 15, 2012. South Florida’s most eagerly awaited stage production will leap onto the stage of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County on Tuesday, May 15 and runs through Sunday, June 10.

Casting has been announced for the Miami premiere engagement of Disney’s The Lion King. The talented cast of 50 actors includes two local connections. Syndee Winters, who plays the loyal lioness “Nala”, is a Miami native and graduated from Miami Palmetto Senior High School. Prior to joining The Lion King North American Tour, Winters worked as a dancer/choreographer throughout Miami. SharRon Williams, an ensemble dancer, was born and raised in Miami and is a graduate of the New World School of the Arts.

The sardonic and deviously cunning “Scar” is played by J. Anthony Crane. Dionne Randolph is “Mufasa,” the great warrior and ruler of the Pridelands. Buyi Zama is the wise baboon shaman “Rafiki.” Mark David Kaplan 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. The three evil hyenas are played by Keith Bennett (“Banzai”), Rashada Dawan (“Shenzi”) and Robbie Swift (“Ed”).

The role of “Young Simba” is alternated between Zavion J. Hill and Adante Power and the role of “Young Nala” is alternated between Sade Phillip-Demorcy and Kailah McFadden.

Other members of the creative team include: Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), John Stefaniuk (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor) and Doc Zorthian (Production Supervisor). Anne Quart serves as associate producer.

Lion King Miami FL Schedule:
Tuesdays to Fridays – 8:00 PM
Saturdays – 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Sundays – 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM
Special matinee on Friday, June 8 – 2:00 PM
On Sunday, June 10, Lion King closes with the 1:00 PM performance.

On stage, Taymor’s creative vision blends elements of African art and Broadway artisanship to depict anthropomorphic animal characters. Taymor, along with designer Michael Curry, has created hundreds of masks and puppets for The Lion King. The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed The Lion King animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay.

The North American touring production of The Lion King has been seen by over 13.9 million theatergoers and grossed over $920 million to date. Having already played more than 70 cities across North America, The Lion King now proudly makes its Miami premiere at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the performing arts.

Lion King Miami FL Tickets sales is in full swing. Although ticket sales have been brisk, there are still good seats left. Lion King at Ziff Opera House At The Adrienne Arsht Center will perform from May 15, 2012 through June 10, 2012. Book your Lion King Miami FL tickets in advance, Use Code #SpringSavings at Checkout to Get $10 OFF on Orders of $350 or more!

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