Disney's The Lion King Makes Ottawa Premiere, Opening July 16

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The Ottawa premiere of Disney’s The Lion King, presented by arrangement with Broadway Across Canada, opens July 16 at the National Arts Centre for a four-week limited engagement through Aug. 7.

Jelani Remy and Syndee Winters star as Simba and Nala, respectively. The musical also features J. Anthony Crane as Scar, Dionne Randolph as Mufasa, Buyi Zama as Rafiki, Mark David Kaplan as Zazu, Ben Lipitz as Pumbaa, Nick Cordileone as Timon, Omari Tau as Banzai, Monica L. Patton as Shenzi and Ben Roseberry as Ed. The role of Young Simba is alternated between Niles Fitch and Zavion J. Hill, and the role of Young Nala is alternated between Sade Phillip-Demorcy and Kailah McFadden.

The Lion King began as a 1994 animated feature-length film developed and produced by the Walt Disney Company. The story, a coming-of-age parable set among animals indigenous to its setting, the African savanna, tells the tale of Simba, the lion cub who rises to be the King of the jungle.

Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, The Lion King is the seventh longest-running musical in Broadway history and one of only five productions in theatre history to play for ten years or more, both on Broadway and in the West End.

The musical won six 1998 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical (Taymor).

The Lion King has a book adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed "The Lion King" animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay. Other members of the creative team include sound designer Steve Canyon Kennedy, hair and makeup designer Michael Ward, associate director John Stefaniuk, associate choreographer Marey Griffith and music supervisor Clement Ishmael. Anne Quart serves as associate producer. The current schedule for The Lion King's North American Tour, which runs through September 2012, follows:

Ottawa - National Arts Center
July 14 – Aug. 7, 2011

Montreal – Place des Arts
Aug. 9 – Sept. 4, 2011

Syracuse – Oncenter-Crouse Hinds Theatre
Sept. 6 – Oct. 2, 2011

Buffalo – Shea’s Performing Arts Center
Oct. 4 – 30, 2011

Denver – Buell Theatre
Nov. 2 – Dec. 4, 2011

Baltimore – Hippodrome Theatre
Dec. 7 – Jan. 8, 2012

Minneapolis – Orpheum Theatre
Jan. 11 – Feb. 12, 2012

New Orleans – Mahalia Jackson Theatre
March 14 – April 15, 2012

Orlando – Bob Carr Performing Arts Center
April 17 – May 13, 2012

Miami – Adrienne Arsht Center
May 17 – June 10, 2012

Greenville – Peace Center for Performing Arts
June 12 – July 8, 2012

Houston – Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
July 10 – Aug. 12, 2012

St. Louis – Fox Theatre
Aug. 15 – Sept. 2, 2012

The National Arts Centre is located at 53 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Canada. For more information, visit www.LionKing.com.

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