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Simba & Nala Marry

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Posted: 10/3/06 at 2:46am
Simba & Nala Marry

The Lion King's (past Toronto and other companies) Simba and Nala, Steven Alleril and Saskia Garel tied the knot in real life!

Simba and Nala tie the knot offstage
Oct. 2, 2006. 01:00 AM
BRUCE DEMARA
ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER
THE TORONTO STAR


Six years after they met and became mates (onstage, at least), Steven Allerick and Saskia Garel are proving true love is king.

Allerick was playing Simba, the young lead in The Lion King and Garel was playing his love interest, Nala, when the blockbuster play premiered at the Princess of Wales Theatre in April 2000.

Fast forward to the present and the two Los Angeles residents have come home to Toronto to tie the knot.

"When we started the show, she was with somebody, I was with somebody. But there was chemistry; I don't think either of us really acknowledged it, but everybody else saw it. When we finally told people we were together, everybody was like, `Well, it's about time,'" said Allerick.

The couple are of Jamaican descent and their families had, as Allerick puts it, "crossed paths."

"Her mother is good friends with my aunt. But I never met (Garel) until after we started doing the show," he said.

Allerick went on to Broadway for a few months before moving west to head the Los Angeles production and Garel arrived to reprise her role there. Nature took its course, thereafter.

Garel and Allerick were raised in Scarborough and were happy to return home for their nuptials yesterday.

"Every time I come home, I find more little things I miss about it. There is such an air of peace in Toronto that you don't get in L.A.," he said.

Allerick has also written a song called In Love, which the couple have jointly recorded, and it was the first song they danced to as a married couple yesterday.

So are there cubs in the offing? "It's going to happen pretty quickly," Allerick predicted.

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Posted: 10/3/06 at 2:46am
Mazel Tov! That is very cute
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Posted: 10/3/06 at 4:10am
That is a cute love story.
Congrats to the happy couple.
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Posted: 10/3/06 at 4:15am
cute! Congrats to them.
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Posted: 10/3/06 at 9:49am
Steven Allerick is HOT why isn't he in NYC????
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Posted: 10/3/06 at 11:40am
wow...I remember Saskia from the Toronto company of RENT and didn't realize she did The Lion King!! I also didn't know she was Jamaican, I thought she was white...woman can really belt! I'm so happy for them =)
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Posted: 10/3/06 at 11:53am
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Lucky girl!

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Posted: 10/3/06 at 12:34pm
I was thinking the same thing!!

Stunning.
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