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PostHeaderIcon Lion King Currently Touring in Saint Louis MO – Review

The Lion King touring in Saint Louis MO, is reviewed by Harry Hamm at, Here is the sneak peek of the review:

I’ve seen “The Lion King” several times, and it never disappoints. The overture and the opening number involve the audience with a charisma and spirited, celebratory performing personality that is positively joyful. There’s wisdom and wonderful, ground-breaking creativity that never ceases to amaze and entertain. The show’s staging and production design is magical.

The story is based on the film of the same title from 1994. However, as a piece of musical theater with a cast of 49 and a challenging state-of-the-art puppet ensemble, the story of the lion cub Simba and his father, King Mufasa, takes on a very personal temperament. As Mufasa’s evil brother Scar sets up a plot to kill Mufasa and make it look like Simba’s fault, an age-old family drama ensues set amidst the Pridelands where they all live, and a future of justice and wrong made right must be sought.

Standouts are Dionne Randolph as Mufasa, Brent Harris as the evil Scar and Syndee Winters as Nala. The younger performers in the cast opening night, Zavion J.Hill and Kailah McFadden displayed acting maturity well beyond their years.

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The Lion King Musical is now showing at the Fabulous Fox Theatre – MO through September 2, 2012. Buy Lion King Saint Louis MO Tickets Online right now, before they all go on sale. Avail $10 OFF on any Ticket Orders of $250 or more by using code SUMMERFUNTN at Checkout.


PostHeaderIcon The Lion King Musical Review – Most Effective Puppet Show Ever

The Lion King Musical which returns this week to the Fabulous Fox Theatre-St. Louis MO, might be the most effective puppet show ever – Reviewed By Judith Newmark Via Based on an animated Disney film, the 1997 stage musical features a score by Elton John and Tim Rice that includes several memorable songs, particularly “Circle of Life” and “Hakuna Matata.” But this is a musical that audiences love above all for its look.

Mark David Kaplan plays Zazu in The Lion King Tour

Mark David Kaplan plays Zazu in The Lion King Tour

Director Julie Taymor — whose work on “The Lion King” swept the design categories for the Tonys and also brought her a Tony for best direction of a musical — incorporated many different styles of puppetry and masks in the show: European, Asian and African. The opening, when animals parade through the theater, is one of the rare moments when modern drama achieves an ancient theatrical goal: Audiences are struck with awe.

Puppets can have that effect, said Dr. Eric Nuetzel. A psychiatrist and psychoanalyst with a longstanding interest in theater, he is director of the Schiele Center, a sliding-scale therapy service of the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute.

“Some say that puppetry has been around longer than theater, and it has similar origins in sacred theater,” he said. “In some cultures, puppeteers are akin to shamans, and a lifeless object that behaves like a human or another animal is a source of awe.

“Puppets appeal to something fundamental. Modern theater strives to imitate life, but when actors wear masks or use puppets it’s closer to magic.”

“Magic” is also Dug Feltch’s word for puppetry. He and Bob Kramer, of Bob Kramer’s Marionnettes, have been entertaining children and adults with their shows for decades. The troupe opens its 49th season in October.

Nuetzel suspects that puppetry appeals to children because it engages the same part of the imagination that they bring to play with dolls, toy soldiers or stuffed animals, and it appeals to adults because that kind of imagination is still part of them, even if they don’t give it a lot of exercise.

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The Lion King Plays Fabulous Fox Theatre from Wednesday August 15 to Sunday September 02, 2012. Buy Lion King Saint Louis MO Tickets and Save $10 on any orders of $250 or more, by using the code SUMMERFUNTN at checkout.


PostHeaderIcon The Lion King Return to St. Louis’s Fox Theatre – August 15 to September 02, 2012

The Lion King return to St. Louis‘s Fox Theatre this August 15. The Lion King performances at Fabulous Fox Theatre start on August 15, 2012 and continue through September 02, 2012.

Casting has been announced for the St. Louis engagement – Scar is played by Brent Harris. 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 and Syndee Winters is the loyal lioness “Nala.”

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.

Lion King Fabulous Fox Theatre Schedule:
Tuesday to Friday – 8:00 PM
Saturday – 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Sunday – 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM
Additional Shows – Thursday Aug 16 and Friday Aug 31 at 1:00 PM

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