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Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008

Tonight @ the Milwaukee Theater - 7:30 PM

In new film Be Kind Rewind, Jack Black and Mos Def recreate Disney’s The Lion King on a shoe-string budget using life-size puppets. It’s a clever joke with a great visual, but viewers looking for a more realized adaptation of the The Lion King would be better served by the grand musical version performed at the . . .
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008

Theater Reviews

It is in the opening moments of the staged musical version of The Lion King that the visual spectacle of puppetry and theater creates its own magic and literally takes flight. Birds soar above the audience while giraffes amble along amid lumbering elephants, graceful gazelles and other African creatures, all making their way toward Pride Rock. There, they pay homage to their lion king, Mufasa, on the birth of his son, Simba, while the strains of “Circle of Life” play on. Those familiar with the 75-minute Disney movie will be dazzled by the feats of daring design within this two hour, 40 minute production that opened last Thursday night at the Milwaukee Theatre (Wednesday’s snowstorm cancelled the planned opening). Now entering its 11th year as a stage musical, The Lion King departs from other Disney musicals transported to the stage, note for note, scene for scene. Director Julie Taymor has created spectacular images of actors integrated into the shapes and forms of animals through the use of multidimensional large scale puppets, African masks and shadow puppetry. The effects are dazzling . . .
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008

Tonight @ The Milwaukee Theatre - 7:30 PM

The popular Elton John and Tim Rice soundtrack, which includes hits like “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” would have been enough on its own to ensure that a musical version of Disney’s The Lion King became a massive success, but the creators of this smash 1997 also went all out on visuals, creating . . .
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008

Tonight @ the Milwaukee Theatre - 7:30 PM

The popular Elton John and Tim Rice soundtrack, which includes hits like “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” would have been enough on its own to ensure that a musical version of Disney’s beloved The Lion King became a massive success, but the creators of this smash 1997 musical also went all out on . . .
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008

Tonight @ the Milwaukee Theatre - 7:30 PM

When it debuted on Broadway a decade ago, The Lion King set a new standard for visual spectacle in musicals, and this colorful, elaborate production continues to be a top draw as it tours the country. Tonight, the musical continues its month-long run at the Milwaukee Theatre with a 7:30 p.m. performance.
Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008

Today @ the Milwaukee Theatre - 1:00 & 6:30 PM

When it debuted on Broadway a decade ago, The Lion King set a new standard for grand visual spectacle in musicals, and this colorful, elaborate production continues to be a top draw as it tours the country. Today, the musical begins its month-long run at the Milwaukee Theatre with two performances . . . .
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008

The orchestra and the Broadway spectacle

For a lion, Simba sure can carry a tune. But not even this precocious feline, star of the hit musical The Lion King, could play 15 different types of flute. That’s where Darlene Drew comes in, as part of the pit orchestra for The Lion King. In fact, Drew will not only demonstrate her prowess on 15 different flutes, she’ll . . .

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