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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:20 am 
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My problem with a lotttt of "Beauty and the Beast" is that a majority of the songs are superfluous. Like, "No Matter What" is only there so Tom Bosley had something to do. And I know why they added "A Change in Me" but I don't WHY they added "A Change in Me," if you know what I mean. Really for me, the only song that makes an actual effect is "If I Can't Love Her." Much of everything else feels like filler. I wonder sometime if Howard Ashman had still been alive, would the show work better? Ashman was a really smart guy who knew his theater, and I don't see how his input could have hurt in any way.

And yeah, the show was kinda gaudy, but I think a lot of that is because it was Disney's first try at how to do this sort of thing and also because so much of the production team was people from the parks, where that kind of thing plays better. You could see the money, though, and frankly that's what counts most of the time for tourists.

"The Lion King," on the other hand, I still find well done (AND THE MORNING REPORT IS SUCH A FUN SONG LET'S ALL SING IT NOW GUYS K). It had a good balance of Julie Taymor's aesthetics and practicality, presumably because Disney smartly kept her on a pretty tight leash (are you listening, "Spider-man" producers?). The show is intensely theatrical and less theme-parky, which was the smarted thing any of them could have done. Also on the whole, the additional songs play better for me. I'm not sure why that is.

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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 8:51 am 
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Just thought you might like to know that we do have a very diverse culture here in Heartland and this summer the Wichita Theater Company is bringing the New York traveling production of Walt Disney's "The Lion King" to Wichita, Kansas. It will be playing from September 4 through the 30th so everyone will have a chance to see it at least once and hopefully more than that during its run.

The stage production will run nightly at 8 pm, with special matinees on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays through its run. Tickets are pretty reasonable, starting at $54 and running as low as $22. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Saturday, May 5 at 10 a.m.).

I am really looking forward to seeing the stage version of one of my favorite Disney films. When "Beauty and the Beast" was here two years ago, I saw it three times. I am planning to see "The Lion King" at least twice.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 4:53 pm 
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The director of the stage adaptation of The Lion King revealed that the show had a very different (and a very weird) ending originally.

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“In my original idea… [Simba] doesn’t go back at all. That never happened,” she said of Simba returning from his adventures in the jungle at the end of the show to become king. Instead, “He goes to the desert. And in the desert, he comes out of the jungle… And he sees Vegas.”

The audience burst out laughing. “No, seriously!” Taymor said. She proceeded to explain the rest of the story. She wanted to introduce a new villain named Papa Croc who had struck a deal with Scar, the villainous lion from the original story, to buy up all the water in the land. Papa Croc then funneled this water to create a desert oasis: Las Vegas (complete with plays on animals and humans like Papa Croc’s Pussycat Lounge).

“And here comes Simba the wild beast from the jungle, and he falls for Papa Croc because he doesn’t have a father,” Taymor said, as Simba’s father Mufasa dies both in the movie and at the end of the first act of her musical.

But Papa Croc then puts Simba in the Coliseum and forces him to fight against animals from other lands in a brutal animal gladiator show. Needless to say, the head of Disney Theatrical wasn’t thrilled with the idea of a musical that ends with Simba in a fighting pit in Las Vegas.

So Taymor scrapped the idea and instead created the musical everyone’s now familiar with. “It was the right thing that happened in this collaboration,” she said, “Which is he knew we don’t need to go that far, but I figured out how to do the animal and the human,” a collision she had struggled with when starting to conceptualize the show. But this may not be the last you hear of Taymor’s crazy alternate ending: “I still think it would be fun to make,” she said.
Source: http://time.com/4051165/lion-king-music ... te-ending/

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“If you know Joseph Campbell and The Hero With a Thousand Faces, Simba has to go through a trial. In the movie, he didn’t go through a trial,” she says. “The prodigal son has to go through hell, basically, before he’s allowed to come back.”

So Taymor came up with a plot line for Act II that would take Simba to an oasis in the desert; it’s a Las Vegas-like city, full of animals who have evolved halfway to human: “lounge lizards” in sharkskin suits and “alley cats” that are like lions, but seedier and more evolved into a human form. “It’s funny and it’s Broadway,” she says. At the heart of it all would be Papa Croc, a villain who has struck a deal with Scar to take water from the desert (hence the drought in the film) to power the electricity in his city. Simba would end up becoming a champion fighter in an arena, earning the nickname “The Lion King,” much to the delight of the “humanimal” spectators.

“Their whole entertainment is watching these wild animals, pre-the-transformation, fight each other. This is really our society,” she says. “In fact, I did The Hunger Games before The Hunger Games.”

The dance form for these fight scenes would be inspired by different kinds of martial arts from around the world. But Simba would have his values tested when Timon and Pumba were caught and put in the ring. Not wanting to fight his friends (and with encouragement from Nala, who has turned up in the oasis), he would escape and return to Pride Rock to defeat Scar and restore water to his community.
Source: http://time.com/4065287/julie-taymor-creative-process/

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That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard.

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That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard.

:lol: It really is, isn't it?

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Broadway’s ‘The Lion King’ to Host Free ‘The Circle of Life’ Performance on October 30, RSVP Required
http://www.stitchkingdom.com/disney-bro ... red-79651/


PHOTOS: ‘The Lion King’ Cast to Guest Star on CBS’ ‘Code Black’
http://www.stitchkingdom.com/disney-pho ... ack-79605/

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What the hell kind of drugs was Julie on when she wrote that?!?! :|

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