The Lion King

It's back. Disney's hit Broadway musical, which made its debut at the Orpheum in 1997, returns "home" for an extended run in January and February. Elton John and Tim Rice crafted the songs, while Julie Taymor (the now infamous original director of Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark who also has a long history of innovative theatrical efforts) provided her signature direction to make this much more than just a run-through of another movie. Instead, the musical brings the setting and characters to life via colorful costumes and puppets. The unique vision earned the play numerous Tony, Drama Desk, and Olivier awards and nominations on its debuts in New York and London, and it has been a constant on the Great White Way in the decade since. The touring production—which marks the fourth edition of the show to play in the Twin Cities—features a pair of actors with Twin Cities ties. Minneapolis native J. Anthony Crane plays Scar, while Brooklyn Park's Nick Cordileone plays the meerkat Timon. Other cast members include Dionne Randolph as Mufasa, Jelani Remy as Simba, and Mark David Kaplan as Zazu. (Photo by Joan Marcus)
Tuesdays-Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 p.m.; Sundays, 1 & 6:30 p.m. Starts: Jan. 11. Continues through Feb. 12, 2012

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