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By Los Angeles Times | October 27, 1998
It's hard not to notice the billboards and TV ads heralding the arrival of the sequel to the most successful animated film in history.But unlike the 1994 box-office hit, which grossed nearly $800 million worldwide, Disney's "The Lion King II: Simba's Pride" will not be opening at a theater near you today. It will make its debut at video stores."Lion King II" ($27) is following in the paw-prints of Disney direct-to-video sequels based on its animated musical features "Aladdin," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Pocahontas."
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,Sun theater critic | July 5, 2008
The national touring production of The Lion King that has stalked into the Kennedy Center is a reminder of just what a seminal piece of theater this 10-year-old show continues to be. So prodigious is director Julie Taymor's visual imagination, so generous is her spirit, that it makes most other Broadway hits (such as the recent blockbuster Wicked, or even In the Heights, which won this year's Tony Award for best musical) seem like they are weak and insipid and candidates for being culled from the herd.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | May 29, 2005
It may have started out as a cartoon, but it's coming in on giant cats' paws and not with a whimper, but a roar. When The Lion King begins its 14-week run at the Hippodrome Theatre on Thursday, it will launch the longest engagement of any touring show in Baltimore history. And though we've been inundated over the years with Lion King books, CDs, stuffed animals, T-shirts, watches, snow globes and baseball caps, there's still plenty of magic in the show's mid-Atlantic premiere. Adapted from Disney's 1994 animated film, the Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of Simba, the cub who flees the kingdom of the Pridelands after his father's death.
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By Tom Dunkel and Tom Dunkel,Sun Reporter | April 22, 2007
ACT I, SCENE I And for dessert ... Broadway THE LION KING / / Minskoff Theatre, 200 W. 45th St., New York / / 800-334-8457 or disneybroadway.com ONLINE: To view a video of Julian Ivey of "The Lion King," go to baltimoresun.com / simba Julian Ivey Born: Aug. 3, 1995 in Cheverly Resides: temporarily in New York City Siblings: Alex, 17; David, 14; Troy, 9; Aaron, 7. First unpaid acting role: A "sleepyhead" in a local production of The Wizard of Oz What he brought to New York: photos of friends and a necklace his mother bought for him on a business trip to El Salvador "Special abilities" listed on acting resume: soccer, horseback riding, gymnastics, infectious laughter, great whistler Favorite actor: Denzel Washington What he misses most about being away from home?
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,Sun theater critic | July 5, 2008
The national touring production of The Lion King that has stalked into the Kennedy Center is a reminder of just what a seminal piece of theater this 10-year-old show continues to be. So prodigious is director Julie Taymor's visual imagination, so generous is her spirit, that it makes most other Broadway hits (such as the recent blockbuster Wicked, or even In the Heights, which won this year's Tony Award for best musical) seem like they are weak and insipid and candidates for being culled from the herd.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | June 24, 1994
It's good to be the king.This is the thrust of "The Lion King," the new Disney animated feature film opening today, which wants to be about fathers and sons but can't quite break free of the fact that it's about kings and princes. Although it's state of the art, one might say that in terms of its values, it's the best animated film of the 19th century.Beautifully mounted and dynamically told, it follows Simba, Prince of the Beasts, son of the mighty Mufassa (James Earl Jones), current holder of the kingship.
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February 26, 2003
On February 23, 2003, MARY M. (MOLLY) HASTINGS of Hanover, MD; beloved wife of Hugh W. Hastings; devoted mother of Mary Wilcox, Elizabeth Chakravarti and Scott Hastings; dear daughter of Mary Mastick and the late LCT George Elkins Mastick; loving sister of Carol Goerger, Connie Cumbia and George Mastick; also survived by seven wonderful grandchildren and her special friends Beauregard, Sam, Sophie and Simba. A Memorial Service, celebrating her life, will be held on Thursday 2 P.M. at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, Linthicum, MD. A reception will be held before and after the Service.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | June 7, 2005
This wasn't in the cartoon," the character of an impudent bird says early in The Lion King. The visual feast of a musical that has settled in for a summer-long run at the Hippodrome Theatre has lots and lots of stuff that wasn't in Disney's 1994 animated feature. There are puppets and masks and new songs (oh, my!). And they're a far cry from Disney theme-park-style puppetry. Unlike Disney's first venture on Broadway, Beauty and the Beast, which basically reproduced the look of the cartoon, the company took a different tack for The Lion King.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and By J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | May 29, 2005
THE 'GRASSHEAD': Sandy Alvarez Some people would consider it a major achievement to play one role in a national touring production. In The Lion King, Sandy Alvarez plays a dozen, among them, a giraffe, a hyena, a wildebeest -- even grass. The "grassheads," as they're informally dubbed, crop up in "Grasslands Chant," which features bare-chested, skirted men bearing tray-like headdresses sprouting tall grasses. "It's one of the things that I think is ingenious in the show," Alvarez says.
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By Jean Damu | April 27, 1997
HAVANA -- He was Che Guevara's worst headache. Laurent Kabila, leader of the rebel forces in Zaire, is portrayed as leader of an earlier, failed rebellion, but witnesses from those times say he was often far from the fighting, and had a tendency to issue orders that were impossible to carry out.Guevara and nearly 100 Cuban officers spent six months in Zaire -- then the Congo -- in 1965. trying to train fighters in a movement begun by members of the government of that assassinated Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | June 7, 2005
This wasn't in the cartoon," the character of an impudent bird says early in The Lion King. The visual feast of a musical that has settled in for a summer-long run at the Hippodrome Theatre has lots and lots of stuff that wasn't in Disney's 1994 animated feature. There are puppets and masks and new songs (oh, my!). And they're a far cry from Disney theme-park-style puppetry. Unlike Disney's first venture on Broadway, Beauty and the Beast, which basically reproduced the look of the cartoon, the company took a different tack for The Lion King.
ENTERTAINMENT
By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | May 29, 2005
It may have started out as a cartoon, but it's coming in on giant cats' paws and not with a whimper, but a roar. When The Lion King begins its 14-week run at the Hippodrome Theatre on Thursday, it will launch the longest engagement of any touring show in Baltimore history. And though we've been inundated over the years with Lion King books, CDs, stuffed animals, T-shirts, watches, snow globes and baseball caps, there's still plenty of magic in the show's mid-Atlantic premiere. Adapted from Disney's 1994 animated film, the Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of Simba, the cub who flees the kingdom of the Pridelands after his father's death.
ENTERTAINMENT
By J. Wynn Rousuck and By J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | May 29, 2005
THE 'GRASSHEAD': Sandy Alvarez Some people would consider it a major achievement to play one role in a national touring production. In The Lion King, Sandy Alvarez plays a dozen, among them, a giraffe, a hyena, a wildebeest -- even grass. The "grassheads," as they're informally dubbed, crop up in "Grasslands Chant," which features bare-chested, skirted men bearing tray-like headdresses sprouting tall grasses. "It's one of the things that I think is ingenious in the show," Alvarez says.
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February 26, 2003
On February 23, 2003, MARY M. (MOLLY) HASTINGS of Hanover, MD; beloved wife of Hugh W. Hastings; devoted mother of Mary Wilcox, Elizabeth Chakravarti and Scott Hastings; dear daughter of Mary Mastick and the late LCT George Elkins Mastick; loving sister of Carol Goerger, Connie Cumbia and George Mastick; also survived by seven wonderful grandchildren and her special friends Beauregard, Sam, Sophie and Simba. A Memorial Service, celebrating her life, will be held on Thursday 2 P.M. at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, Linthicum, MD. A reception will be held before and after the Service.
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By Los Angeles Times | October 27, 1998
It's hard not to notice the billboards and TV ads heralding the arrival of the sequel to the most successful animated film in history.But unlike the 1994 box-office hit, which grossed nearly $800 million worldwide, Disney's "The Lion King II: Simba's Pride" will not be opening at a theater near you today. It will make its debut at video stores."Lion King II" ($27) is following in the paw-prints of Disney direct-to-video sequels based on its animated musical features "Aladdin," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Pocahontas."
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By Jean Damu | April 27, 1997
HAVANA -- He was Che Guevara's worst headache. Laurent Kabila, leader of the rebel forces in Zaire, is portrayed as leader of an earlier, failed rebellion, but witnesses from those times say he was often far from the fighting, and had a tendency to issue orders that were impossible to carry out.Guevara and nearly 100 Cuban officers spent six months in Zaire -- then the Congo -- in 1965. trying to train fighters in a movement begun by members of the government of that assassinated Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba.
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By Tom Dunkel and Tom Dunkel,Sun Reporter | April 22, 2007
ACT I, SCENE I And for dessert ... Broadway THE LION KING / / Minskoff Theatre, 200 W. 45th St., New York / / 800-334-8457 or disneybroadway.com ONLINE: To view a video of Julian Ivey of "The Lion King," go to baltimoresun.com / simba Julian Ivey Born: Aug. 3, 1995 in Cheverly Resides: temporarily in New York City Siblings: Alex, 17; David, 14; Troy, 9; Aaron, 7. First unpaid acting role: A "sleepyhead" in a local production of The Wizard of Oz What he brought to New York: photos of friends and a necklace his mother bought for him on a business trip to El Salvador "Special abilities" listed on acting resume: soccer, horseback riding, gymnastics, infectious laughter, great whistler Favorite actor: Denzel Washington What he misses most about being away from home?
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By San Francisco Chronicle | July 12, 1994
Disney's blockbuster film "The Lion King" has aroused a roar of protest from those who say the record-breaking animation feature is not as original as Disney claims but borrows substantially from a Japanese story created 40 years ago.Disney has promoted the film as its first cartoon feature since 1970 not taken from an existing story, but there are striking similarities to a tale that began as a Japanese comic book in the 1950s called "Jungle Emperor" and...
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | June 24, 1994
It's good to be the king.This is the thrust of "The Lion King," the new Disney animated feature film opening today, which wants to be about fathers and sons but can't quite break free of the fact that it's about kings and princes. Although it's state of the art, one might say that in terms of its values, it's the best animated film of the 19th century.Beautifully mounted and dynamically told, it follows Simba, Prince of the Beasts, son of the mighty Mufassa (James Earl Jones), current holder of the kingship.
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