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06/05/03
Lion King Roars On
- Another extension for Disney musical

THE LION KING has extended its booking period by a further six months until next March 28. The Disney blockbuster which has been based in the Lyceum Theatre for four happy years looks set to rival former long running shows Cats and Starlight Express.

The musical takes inspiration from the hit animated film and features songs by Elton John and director Julie Taymor's inspired use of wheels and props to put animals on stage.

Taymor's hands-on approach pays dividends in the masks she makes herself, and she employs an eclectic mix of costumes to bring her creations to life. Furthermore, she follows her vision through by fusing Far Eastern traditions of animal representation with original African chants, rooting the glitz and glamour of the show in an earthy sense of the Savannah's mystique.

Currently the biggest rival to the Lion King's popularity is Da Boyz at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. Though this hip hop re-work of Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors is set in the East End, it's director Ultz has as strong a stage design background as West End resident Taymor.



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