PLEASE DO NOT 'LIVE' THIS IS A DUPE THE LION KING OPENS TONIGHT

DISNEY’S THE LION KING

OPENS TONIGHT AT THE ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER

FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

The Miami premiere of Disney’s THE LION KING opens tonight at 8 p.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County for a limited engagement of four weeks through Sunday, June 10.

THE LION KING plays Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Matinee performances are Saturdays at 2 p.m., Sundays at 1 p.m. with an additional performance on Friday, June 8 at 2 p.m.

“South Florida is in for a roaring spectacle as Disney’s The Lion King finally makes its Miami premiere at the Arsht Center,” said M. John Richard, president and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “Since our successful ticket on-sale event in early February, fans have shown their excitement for Broadway’s biggest musical by continuously filling up our box office and requesting the best seats in the house. It is incredible to see and feel the buzz grow for this show, and we’re certain it will be only be greater after tonight’s sold-out performance!”

Great tickets are still available and start as low as as $36.50. VIP Ticket Packages, which include prime seat locations, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available. Tickets are available at the Adrienne Arsht Center Box Office, online at www.arshtcenter.org and over the phone at 305-949-6722. Regular box office hours are Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Orders for groups of fifteen (15) or more may be placed by calling 786-468-2326 or 954-626-7814 or by email at groupsales@arshtcenter.org.

THE LION KING began as a 1994 animated feature-length film developed and produced by the Walt Disney Company. The story, a coming of age parable set among animals indigenous to its setting, the African savanna, tells the tale of Simba, the lion cub who rises to be the King of the jungle.

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..

The North American touring production of THE LION KING has been seen by more than 14 million theatergoers and grossed over $928 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, current schedule is listed below: 

Tuesdays: 8:00 p.m. 

Wednesdays: 8:00 p.m. 

Thursdays: 8:00 p.m. 

Fridays*: 8:00 p.m. 

Saturdays: 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. 

Sundays**: 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. 

*There will be a special 2:00 p.m. matinee on Friday, June 8. 

**There will not be a 6:30 p.m. performance on Sunday, June 10. 

The Broadway in Miami 2011-2012 season is made possible with the generous support of Bank of America and is presented by Florida Theatrical Association, Broadway Across America and the Adrienne Arsht Center. 

ABOUT THE LION KING 

In its 15th year, THE LION KING remains ascendant, recently becoming the highest-grossing Broadway show in history. Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 19 productions around the globe have been seen by more than 64 million people, grossed over $4.8 billion and, cumulatively, run a staggering 91 years. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), THE LION KING is the sixth longest running musical in Broadway history and only the second show to produce five productions running 10 or more years. 

Translated into seven different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Mandarin, Spanish), the show has been performed in 15 different countries on five continents. Continuing to reign as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world, THE LION KING can currently be seen on Broadway, on stages across North America, on tour in Japan, and in Tokyo, London’s West End, Hamburg and Madrid. A UK tour launches in August of this year.

 

 

THE LION KING

 

 

won six 1998 Tony Awards®: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume

Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a

 

Musical, making Taymor the first woman in theatrical history bestowed with the honor.

 

THE LION KING

has also

earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999

 

Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year and the

 

1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design.

 

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 Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from

 

 

The Lion King

animated film along with three new

songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor

 

and Hans Zimmer; and music from "Rhythm of the Pride Lands," an album inspired by the original music in the film,

 

written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer. The resulting sound of

 

 

THE LION KING

is a fusion of Western

popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award®-winning song “Can

 

You Feel The Love Tonight” to the haunting ballad “Shadowland.”

 

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.

 

For more information worldwide, visit LionKing.com.

 

Visit

 

 

www.arshtcenter.org

for up-to-date information for details and schedules.

 

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is made possible by the public support of the

Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural

Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council and the City of Miami

Omni Community Redevelopment Agency. The Adrienne Arsht Center also receives generous support from local, state

and national foundations, as well as private contributions to the Adrienne Arsht Center Foundation through corporate

and individual giving, Visionary Society membership and the Encore Circle major gifts programs.

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About the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

 

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is one of the world’s leading performing arts

 

organizations and venues. Made possible by Miami-Dade County’s largest ever public/private-sector partnership, the

 

Center is home to the Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet and New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral

 

Academy. In addition, numerous South Florida arts organizations perform in its theaters regularly. Since opening in

 

2006, the Center has emerged as a leader in offering and presenting innovative programming that mirrors South

 

Florida’s diversity, as a catalyst for development in Miami, and as a host of impactful community outreach and

 

education programs.

 

Designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the venue is comprised of the 2,400-

 

seat Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House, the 2,200-seat John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall, the black

 

box Carnival Studio Theater, a restored Carnival Tower, the Peacock Foundation, Inc. Studio, the Peacock Foundation,

 

Inc. Education Center and the outdoor Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza for the Arts. The Carnival Tower

 

,

an

architectural icon and one of Miami’s oldest Art Deco buildings, houses the street-level BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Lounge.

 

Events impresario and restaurateur Barton G. Weiss brought his signature style to the Center in 2009 with PRELUDE

 

BY BARTON G, a full-service upscale restaurant.

 

Visit

 

 

www.arshtcenter.org

for more information.

 

About Broadway Across America

BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA

 

(Producer

), part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies which includes

Broadway.com, is owned and operated by British theatre producer John Gore (CEO) and entertainment industry

 

veteran Thomas B. McGrath (Chairman). Broadway Across America presents first-class touring musicals and plays

 

across 40 North American cities. Broadway.com is the premier theatre website for news, exclusive content and ticket

 

sales. Under the supervision of Beth Williams (CEO – Theater Division), Broadway Across America is also dedicated to

 

the development and production of new and diverse theatre. Current Broadway productions include

 

 

How to Succeed in

Business Without Really Trying

 

 

starring Nick Jonas and Beau Bridges, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Godspell

,

 

Memphis, Priscilla Queen of the Desert,

 

and the New York and US touring productions of Million Dollar Quartet

. For

more information, please visit

 

www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and www.Broadway.com

.

Broadway Across America–Miami is presented in arrangement with Florida Theatrical Association, a non-profit civic

 

organization with a volunteer board of trustees established to ensure the continued presentation of quality national

 

touring Broadway productions in the state of Florida.

 

 

About Bank of America

 

Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middlemarket

 

businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial

 

and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States,

 

serving approximately 57 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 5,700 retail banking

 

offices and approximately 17,250 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 30 million active users. Bank of America

 

is among the world's leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment

 

banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and

 

individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 4 million small business

 

owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through

 

operations in more than 40 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is a component of the Dow

 

Jones Industrial Average and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

 

Bank of America Corporate Social Responsibility

 

Bank of America’s commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a strategic part of doing business globally.

 

Our CSR efforts guide how we operate in a socially, economically, financially and environmentally responsible way

 

across more than 100 markets around the world, to deliver for shareholders, customers, clients and employees. Our

 

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with our stakeholders, we create shared value that empowers individuals and communities to thrive and contributes to

 

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business practices; environmental sustainability; strengthening local communities with a focus on housing, hunger and

 

jobs; investing in global leadership development; and engaging through arts and culture. Learn more at

 

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and follow us on Twitter at @BofA_Community.

 

 

 

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Beau Higgins Currently spending his time between New York and Florida, Beau was born to a theatrical family in Brooklyn. He studied drama at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and at HB Studios. He studied theater singing with Julia Sperratore and Helen Gallagher. Beau later taught drama at the Lincoln Center Square for the Arts. It was at this time Beau began working with the Theater Development Fund and helped found New York's famed HALF PRICE TICKET BOOTH. Early in his career, Beau was screen tested and contracted for Warner Brothers. He co-hosted, an early cable variety series on Manhattan's Teleprompter channel. At this time he directed the Johnny Specca musical, SEX IS..? at the Lincoln Center Library Theater. Beau has performed Off-Broadway in FAT FELL DOWN, The Comic Strip Theater's LITTLE LULU AND THE INVISIBLE INK and WILL THE REAL ZOOPERMAN PLEASE STAND UP. Around the country he has delighted audiences with his performances in ANYTHING GOES, THE APPLE TREE, GUYS & DOLLS, and HELLZAPOPPIN! He sang for New York audiences at such cabarets as The Duplex and Upstairs at the Downstairs. He has had numerous television appearances but is most proud to have been a winning contestant on the game shows JACKPOT and THE $20,000 PYRAMID.


 
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