The International Tour of Disney’s The Lion King starts performances in Manila this weekend

THE INTERNATIONAL TOUR OF DISNEY’S THE LION KING STARTS PERFORMANCES IN MANILA THISWEEKEND

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After over 2 months of rehearsals, the excitement in Manila is building as the world’s #1 musical begins performances this weekend at The Theatre at Solaire. The first international tour of THE LION KING kicks off in the Philippines before additional engagements in Singapore, Korea and Taiwan.
Disney’s THE LION KING runs from 18 March to 6 May 2018 and is presented by Michael Cassel Group and Concertus Manila in association with Disney Theatrical Productions. The production’s co-presenting sponsors in Manila are Globe and Visa.

The principal cast of THE LION KING includes Ntsepa Pitjeng who is returning to the role of ‘Rafiki’, having performed the role in the USA, UK, Brazil, and Switzerland productions. Direct from London’s West End production is Mthokozisi Emkay Khanyile in the role of ‘Mufasa’. Also from the United Kingdom is music theatre performer Antony Lawrence as ‘Scar’.

Australian actor André Jewson will feature as ‘Zazu’; the charismatic New Zealand born performer Jamie McGregor will play ‘Timon’ and South African favorite Pierre Van Heerden will return as ‘Pumbaa’.
Joining the company are six actors from the Philippines. Sharing the role of Young Simba will be Julien Joshua M. Dolor Jr., Gabriel P. Tiongson, and Omar Sharief L. Uddin; sharing the role of Young Nala will be Sheena Kirsten Bentoy, Uma Naomi Martin and Felicity Kyle Napuli.

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Calvyn Grandling (Simba) and Noxolo Dlamini (Nala) Photographed by Erickson Dela Cruz

Rounding out the principal cast are South African performers Calvyn Grandling, playing the much-loved role of ‘Simba’, the up-and-coming star Noxolo Dlamini as ‘Nala’, Candida Mosoma who returns to the role of ‘Shenzi’, Bjorn Blignaut as ‘Banzai’ and Mark Tatham as ‘Ed’.

THE LION KING ensemble is: Chachano Báez, Dayan Kingsley Beukes, Tertia Coetzee-Dippenaar, Viridiana Cortés, Felipe Flores, Jabulani Gambu, Liso Gcwabe, Sheila Hernández, Phumelele Jili, Christine Kapswarah, Amanda Kunene, Sfiso Matlala, Lungile Mkhize, Fumane Moeketsi, Noluyanda Mqulwana, Zodwa Mrasi, Lwazi Mzimase, Zolina Ngejane, Thato Nkwe, Thabani Ntuli, Peace Nzirawa, Nonofo Olekeng, Angeles Reyes, Khanyisani Shoba, Phumelele Sikhakhane, Romy Jo Swales, Clifford Tlomatsana, Vuyelwa Tshona, Tlholo Tsotetsi, Benn Welford, Zi-Rong Wu, Daniel Zazueta, Monde
Zondi, and Sandile Zondi.

For further information about THE LION KING, visit: TheLionKing.ph

ABOUT THE LION KING

In its 20th year, THE LION KING continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 24 global productions have been seen by more than 90 million people. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), THE LION KING is the only show in history to generate six productions worldwide running 15 or more years. Performed in eight different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch,
Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese), productions of THE LION KING can currently be seen on Broadway, London’s West End, Hamburg, Tokyo and Sapporo, Madrid, Mexico City, Scheveningen, Holland, and on tour across North America, for a total of nine productions running concurrently across the globe. Having played over 100 cities in 19 countries on every continent except Antarctica, THE LION KING’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.

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Sheena Kirsten Bentoy, Uma Naomi Martin and Felicity Kyle Napuli will alternate for the role of Young Nala. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz

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. 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.
The show’s director, costume designer and mask co-designer Julie Taymor continues to play an integral part in the show’s ongoing success. The first woman to win a Tony Award® for Direction of a Musical, Taymor has in recent years supervised new productions of the show around the world.
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.”
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. Other members of the creative team include: Michael Curry, who designed the masks and puppets with Taymor, Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), Anthony Lyn (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), David Kreppel (associate music supervisor) and Doc Zorthian (production supervisor). Anne Quart serves as co-producer.

For more information worldwide, visit LionKing.com

ABOUT MICHAEL CASSEL GROUP

The Michael Cassel Group is a live entertainment company formed to produce, create and present the world’s greatest musical and theatrical productions, live entertainment experiences, marquee events and concert attractions.
Current productions include Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Priscilla Queen of the Desert and the forthcoming production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (opening early 2019).
The company will produce the international tour of Disney’s THE LION KING from March 2018. Previous productions include Les Misérables, Kinky Boots, Singin’ In The Rain and Lea Salonga in Concert.
In addition to the group’s theatrical interests, the company represents former Australian Prime Minister, The Hon. Julia Gillard AC, former Olympian and global sporting administrator, Lord Sebastian Coe CH, KBE and media personality, Sami Lukis.
For more information, visit michaelcassel.com.

ABOUT CONCERTUS MANILA

Founded in 2004, Concertus Manila is one of the leading promoters of live entertainment in the Philippines. The company focuses on providing high-calibre shows that elevate the entertainment scene year after year. They are a full-service concert and event production company with a reputation for excellence, creativity and passion, they have presented numerous concerts, musical and theatrical events as well as corporate
events.
Concertus Manila partners with foreign producers and treats Filipinos to world-class musicals and shows like CATS, The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, STOMP, Chicago, Singin’ In The Rain, Mamma Mia!, Les Misérables, West Side Story, and The Sound of Music.

 

Watch the whole cast performs ‘The Circle Of Life’: (via facebook; click here)

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