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Lion King Opens @ Marina Bay Sands in Singapore

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The Lion King has opened at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

Singapore is the latest city to host The Lion King after sell out performances in New York, London, Hamburg, a North American tour, Tokyo and Las Vegas.

The musical is of the same Broadway-quality standards, spectacular music, dance, sets and costumes that have made it a worldwide phenomenon, however, it has also added some local elements to make this production unique to Singapore.

Singapore audiences will be treated to performances by a select cast from around the world. The cast of 51 for the Singapore production is comprised of some of the best The Lion King performers, including veterans of the acclaimed London and Paris productions and hails from 8 countries and 5 continents. As in virtually every company of The Lion King, this cast includes South African members, in keeping with the shows spirit of authenticity.

On stage, Director Julie Taymors 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. Mufasas 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 Simba is alternated between Lance Reblando, Leon Matawaran and Warren David Saga and the role of Young Nala is alternated between Christina De Leon, Myka Torre and Nikki Samonte.

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 Lion King plays Tuesday to Sunday evenings at 8pm and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Ticket prices start from Sin$65. Platinum packages, which include prime seat locations, a souvenir gift, $10 merchandise voucher and a drink, are also available.

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