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PostHeaderIcon Alphonso Romero Jones II who plays Simba in ‘Lion King’ wins Young Artists Award

Alphonso Romero Jones II won the award for “Best Performance in Live Theater” for his portrayal of young Simba in Disney’s Broadway production of “The Lion King,”; in the 32nd Annual Young Artist Awards, held at the Empire Ballroom of the Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel in Studio City, Calif., last sunday night.

Jones bested other nominees Quinton Lopez of “Sick,” Adam Riegler of “The Addams Family,” and Marquis Kofi Rodriguez, who portrayed Simba in “The Lion King” before Jones got the role, at the awards ceremony, best described as the Oscars for young performers.

According to mom Kathy Jones, Alphonso was so excited he texted home right away.

“I got a text from him that said, ‘Mommy, I won. Yaaaaaaaaaaaay! Thank you Jesus,’” she said. “Then I texted him back, ‘Good job, baby!’”

Alphonso, a 12-year-old straight-A student in the sixth grade at P.J. Hill Elementary School, has been in the show since October 2009. His Broadway run will come to an end on Easter Sunday.

Lion King is currently playing on tour in Schenectady, NY through March 20, 2011. Then it moves to Rochester, NY for the performances in Rochester Auditorium Theatre from March 22 to April 17, 2011. Save $10 on Lion King Rochester Auditorium Theatre Ticket Orders over $350. Use Code AFF$10


PostHeaderIcon Lion King is Roaring at Proctors Theatre, Schenectady

Lion King is currently touring at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady NY. The performances are till Sunday, March 20, 2011.

Proctor’s has been trying to get the show to come to the area since it renovated its facility three years ago. An estimated 80,000 people are expected to see the show, which has won several prestigious awards.

Have you already booked your tickes to see Lion King in Proctors Theatre, Schenectady? If you don’t have tickets yet, you may be out of luck because only a few of them remain.

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PostHeaderIcon Lion King Schenectady Review – The Most Dazzling Theatrical Experience

Lion King visiting Schenectady for almost 4-week run to the Proctors Theatre from February 22 and performing through March 20, 2011.

The long-awaited Proctors stop of Disney’s “The Lion King” tour offers all the spectacle one would expect, and then some. The opening sequence, in particular, is one of the most dazzling theatrical experiences imaginable.

The first half-hour, in fact, is one long suspended moment of awe as music, dance and stage magic come together to tell the story of the mighty King Mufasa.

Unfortunately, the rest of the show is built in reverse, making most of act two -despite its Shakespearian overtones of murder, treason and revenge -seem anti-climactic.

The acting -all done in broad Disney gestures – is generally strong, and so is the singing. The production values never flag. But, unlike the Bard, the journey is a little too simple to carry its own weight.

“It is,” a friend noted during intermission, “based on a cartoon.”

Given all that, it’s hard to imagine that anyone comes to “The Lion King” for the story (the fall and rise of a young lion king, Simba) alone. They come for, well, the spectacle.

Julie Taymor’s famous direction of the piece makes sure to provide a feast for the eye and the ear, with African aspects abundant in the music and Richard Hudson’s scenic design.

Taymor’s costuming in this show makes that of “Cats” look like line drawings. And her puppets and masks, created with Michael Curry, are simply wonderful. Often the two elements are combined, with actors wearing their outfits and operating them at the same time.

There is no effort to hide the fact that these animals are puppets. Sticks and joints and hand grips are visible. That makes things even more magical, because the imagination is engaged in finishing the beasts, rather than simply in figuring out how “they” did it.

This is also a tale best told in earth tones, such as that first half hour. When Taymor’s palette opens up and the big numbers (including “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”) start rolling in, the play loses some of its beauty and regal bearing.

The bright explosions of “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” and “Hakuna Matata” delight the kids, but it’s “They Live In You” and “Shadowland” that will engage adults.


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