DUBAI: Marking 25 years since its Broadway premiere, “The Lion King” stage musical will make its Center East debut in Abu Dhabi on Nov. 16, offering audiences from throughout the area with a uncommon alternative to benefit from the award-winning manufacturing up shut and private within the UAE capital.
The long-running adaptation of Disney’s widespread 1994 animated movie tells the coming-of-age story of younger lion prince, Simba, who’s pressured to mature shortly when his father dies and he has to reclaim his birth-right.
“What I’m so excited in bringing the present to Abu Dhabi is that that is the unique manufacturing that has been seen for over 20 years on Broadway, and has been seen on phases within the West Finish, in Australia, in Hamburg, Japan, in so many theatrical markets all over the world, and we will likely be delivering director Julie Taymor’s extraordinary theatrical imaginative and prescient to native audiences for the very first time. That is really an iconic manufacturing,” stated Michael Cassel, CEO of Michael Cassel Group, the theatrical producer main “The Lion King’s” four-week run at Etihad Enviornment, in an interview with Arab Information.
“Audiences are in for an absolute deal with as a result of it’s theater at its best. The way in which Julie Taymor — who’s the unique director of the manufacturing and the primary feminine director to win the Tony Award for Director of Finest Musical — what she imagined, and the world she’s created, as she introduced the African savannah to life in a theater, is kind of merely extraordinary,” he added.
Over 100 folks, each onstage and behind the scenes, will likely be bringing the present to Abu Dhabi. “We now have performers from throughout the globe who’re on this firm of ‘The Lion King.’ It really is a world firm, which could be very uncommon. We now have lots of forged members from South Africa, which is so essential to make sure authenticity by way of the efficiency and positively additionally the music that Lebo M. composed,” stated Cassel.
The stage musical’s recognition can also be, in fact, helped by the unique movie’s stellar soundtrack, created by Sir Elton John and Sir Tim Rice, but in addition tailored for the theater with the assistance of South African producer and composer Lebo M.
Increasing on how Lebo M. was introduced into the present, Cassel stated: “The way in which that the rating for the stage manufacturing got here to be is that when Tom Schumacher, who’s the producer of ‘The Lion King’ and president of Disney Theatrical, was in dialog with Julie Taymor to direct it, he shared with Julie an album which had been launched after the movie was first launched, and it was referred to as ‘Rhythm of the Delight Lands’ and it featured all of this ‘Lion King’-inspired African music composed by Lebo M.
“When Julie listened to that, she had the good concept that the music — as could be required for a Broadway present — wanted to be expanded, and Lebo was engaged to work on manufacturing with Julie and with additionally Elton John and Tim Rice to carry a few of his music to the stage manufacturing. And, actually, that’s now on the core of the present.
“The music is distinctive by way of representing the sounds — the rhythms — of Africa, and as I stated, , it has the hit songs that individuals might know and love from the movie, similar to ‘Circle of Life’ or ‘Can You Really feel the Love Tonight,’ however then options haunting new songs created for the stage, similar to ‘Shadowland’ and, one in all my favourite songs of all time, ‘He Lives In You,’” he added.
“The Lion King” runs from Nov. 16 to Dec. 10 at Etihad Enviornment, Abu Dhabi.
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