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 email@example.com.
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
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 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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), 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
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.
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