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Posted: Jan. 17, 2013 at 10:50 a.m.
DETROIT – Casting has been announced for the Detroit engagement of "Disney's The Lion King." Detroit's most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap onto the Detroit Opera House stage from Wednesday, Feb. 13 to Sunday, March 10.
The production features Timothy Carter as Scar, Dionne Randolph as Mufasa, Buyi Zama as Rafiki, Mark David Kaplan as Zazu, Ben Lipitz as Pumbaa, Nick Cordileone as Timon, Jelani Remy as Simba, Syndee Winters as Nala, Keith Bennett as Banzai, Rashada Dawan as Shenzi, and Robbie Swift as 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.
Among the most successful titles in entertainment history, with a cumulative gross in excess of $5 billion, "Disney's The Lion King" has already earned more than the biggest hit films in movie history: more than the Lord of the Rings trilogy combined, more than the six "Star Wars" films combined, and more than "Avatar" and "Titanic," the top two highest-grossing films in movie history, combined.
With eight productions currently playing around the world, it will make its South American and Portuguese language debut when it begins performances in Sao Paolo, Brazil in February. With that production, 21 productions will have played in 98 cities in 16 countries on every continent except Antarctica.
As it enters its 16th year, "Disney's The Lion King" remains ascendant, and one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its Broadway premiere on Nov. 13, 1997, 20 global productions have been seen by more than 66 million people and, cumulatively, run a staggering 96 years. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), "Disney's The Lion King" is only the second show in history to generate five productions worldwide running 10 or more years. Translated into seven different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Mandarin, Spanish and Portuguese), "Disney's The Lion King" can currently be seen on Broadway and on tour across North America, in Tokyo and on tour in Japan, in London's West End and on tour throughout the UK, and in Hamburg and Madrid.
The North American touring productions of "Disney's The Lion King" have 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, "Disney's The Lion King" now proudly makes its Detroit return at the Detroit Opera House. The current schedule is listed below.
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 is by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer. Also included is 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 "Disney's 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."
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.
In Detroit, "Disney's The Lion King" will play:
Tickets are available at the Fisher Theatre box office, the Detroit Opera House box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-866-870-2717, and online at www.ticketmaster.com, www.lionking.com or www.broadwayindetroit.com. Tickets start at $25. Additionally, Premium Ticket Packages, which include a prime seat location, a commemorative souvenir program, and parking, are also available. For group sales (20 or more), please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 313-871-1132.
For additional information, call 313-872-1000 or visit www.broadwayindetroit.com.