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The Lion King Opens Saturday at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa

(July 14, 2011) The Ottawa premiere of Disney’s THE LION KING opens this Saturday, July 16th at 8:00 PM at the National Arts Centre for a limited engagement of four weeks through Sunday, August 7th.  In Ottawa, THE LION KING will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, Saturday matinees at 2pm and Sunday’s at 1pm and 6:30 pm. There will not be a 6:30pm performance on Sunday, August 7.  There will be 2pm matinees on Thursday, July 21 and Thursday, August 4.  “We are thrilled to be working with Disney to bring this phenomenal show to our audiences in Ottawa.  Tickets sales have exceeded our expectations but are still available” says Ronald Andrew, President of Broadway Across Canada.

Tickets to THE LION KING are available at the National Arts Centre Box Office, TM outlets, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-888-991-2787 (ARTS), or via the Internet at www.ticketmaster.ca  Orders for groups of twenty (20) or more may be placed by calling 1-866-530-7469. Ticket prices start as low as $32.50. Premium Ticket Packages, which include prime seat locations, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available.

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 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 and Syndee Winters is the loyal lioness “Nala.” 

The three evil hyenas are played by Omari Tau (“Banzai”), Monica L. Patton (“Shenzi”) and Ben Roseberry (“Ed”).  The role of “Young Simba” is alternated between Niles Fitch and Zavion J. Hill 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 over 13.5 million theatergoers and grossed over $875 million to date.  Having already played more than 60 cities across North America, THE LION KING now proudly makes its Ottawa premiere at the National Arts Centre. The award-winning musical returns to Canada after a recent eight-week sold-out engagement in Toronto in June. 

-- Posted July 11, 2011

 

 

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