Friday, May 27, 2011
Disney’s THE LION KING lead cast members treat Singaporeans to their first public performance at Marina Bay Sands on June 4th
SINGAPORE (26 May, 2011) – On 4th June at 5.45pm, to celebrate the ongoing success of THE LION KING production in Singapore, select lead cast members from the award-winning musical will present their first ever public performance at the skating rink located by the Rasapura Masters food marketplace at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.
The talented cast of THE LION KING will present an exclusive showcase of select songs, including the smash hit Academy Award-winning song by Elton John and Tim Rice 'Can You Feel The Love Tonight' – a rare treat for those who have yet to catch the extraordinary performance.
In addition, 100 tickets will be given away on the day on an hourly basis, starting at 12 noon to lucky visitors participating in various quizzes and contests at The Shoppes. For just that day, a special family package with four C-Reserve tickets will be on sale for just S$400, a saving of S$100.
With over 150,000 tickets already sold THE LION KING production has been playing at the Sands Theater, Marina Bay Sands to capacity since it opened to rave reviews in March. The musical is the first Broadway style long running production Singapore has had and is of the same Broadway-quality standards, spectacular music, dance, sets and costumes that have made it a worldwide phenomenon.
Local elements have been added to make this production unique to Singapore. The musical has also elevated Singapore’s performing arts industry when it cast, for the first time, a Singaporean actor in the key role of Young Simba - 11-year-old Nicholas Papayoanou.
On stage, Director Julie Taymor’s creative vision blends elements of African art and Broadway artisanship to depict anthropomorphic animal characters. The sardonic and deviously cunning “Scar” is played by Patrick Brown. Jean Luc Guizonne aka Jee-L is “Mufasa”, the great warrior and ruler of the Pridelands. Gugwana Dlamini is the wise baboon shaman “Rafiki”. Lyall Ramsden plays the prim and proper horn billed bird “Zazu”. Pierre van Heerden is the carefree warthog “Pumbaa” and Jamie McGregor is the wisecracking meerkat “Timon”. Mufasa’s son, Simba, the lion prince born to be king is played by Jonathan Andrew Hume and Puleng March is the loyal lioness “Nala”.
The three evil hyenas are played by Lavina Williams, Simon Gwala and Michael Bagg. The role of “Young Nala” is alternated between Christina De Leon, Myka Torre and Nikki Samonte.
Singapore is the latest leading city to host THE LION KING after sell out performances in New York, London, Hamburg, a North American tour, Tokyo and Las Vegas.
Posted by Greg Semon at 5/27/2011 03:33:00 PM
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