PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: A Two-Show Day With The Lion King's Timon, Fred Berman
11 Aug 2010
Ever wonder about the daily routine of a Broadway actor? How about the routine on one of those grueling two-performance days? Playbill.com reached out to two of the newest stars of the long-running smash hit The Lion King for some perspective.
Fred Berman and Ben Jeffrey joined the cast June 15, stepping into the respective roles of the wisecracking meerkat Timon and the carefree warthog Pumbaa.
Armed with digital cameras, the actors set about to offer an extensive look at an average two-performance day portraying one of the most beloved Disney duos on Broadway. They snapped everything from morning routine to pre-performance rituals to between-show activities to the final curtain call.
Here is a look at Fred Berman's long and exciting day with castmates, backstage crew and family:
July 31, 2010. 9:30 AM. The day begins for the meerkat with an early birthday celebration thrown by his young cubs, Benjamin and Isabella (Momma Kate helped out, too).
Photo by Fred Berman
Berman's theatrical credits include Bury the Dead, Room Service, Shockheaded Peter, The Normal Heart, The Vocal Lords and The Buddy Holly Story. He is also an award-winning narrator of more than 50 audio books.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.