WATCH: The Stage Is All Set for Disney's The Lion King in Manila

The Pride Lands is here!


( With only a few days left before the premiere of the first ever international tour of Disney's The Lion King, the cast and crew are hard at work for both the onstage performance and behind-the-scenes magic. The stage of the 1,740-seater The Theatre at Solaire in Parañaque will be transformed into the majestic and breathtaking Pride Lands, an African savannah that is home to numerous animal herds ruled by Mufasa (Mthokozisi Emkay Khanyile) and later, his son Simba (Calvyn Grandling). Opening night is on March 18.



At the center of the Pride Lands is the Pride Rock, a giant rock formation where the pride of lions rests. If you've watched Disney's 1994 animated film, then you know the famous opening sequence where Rafiki (to be played by Ntsepa Pitjeng) presents the newborn Simba to the whole kingdom by raising him from atop the Pride Rock. Other set changes to watch for is the Elephant Graveyard, home of the hyenas that's littered with skulls and bones; the gorge where a wildebeest stampede occurs; and the Hakuna Matata falls where Timon (Jamie McGregor) and Pumbaa (Pierre van Heerden) lives their "problem-free philosophy."



The Lion King's scenic design is courtesy of Richard Hudson who was presented the Tony Award in 1998.


The Lion King runs from March 18 to May 6 at The Theatre at Solaire, Solaire Resort and Casino, 1 Aseana Avenue, Parañaque City. Tickets, priced from P1,900 to P7,250, are available through Ticketworld.


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