CLOSEUP: ‘Lion King’ to include Pinoy flavor in world-class show

By Miguel Dumaual/ABS-CBN News – Disney’s “The Lion King” promises a show as grand as its original Broadway version when it debuts in the Philippines this month — and with additional “Filipino flavor” mixed in.
Billed as the world’s number one musical, “The Lion King” is kicking off its first international tour at Solaire’s The Theatre in Parañaque, with shows to be held starting March 18 until May 6.

“They’ll see what everybody sees around the world,” production supervisor Doc Zorthian told ABS-CBN News on the sidelines of rehearsals for the show, when asked if Filipinos can expect the same caliber of production as its Western stagings.

He then teased: “We will have little treats of Filipino flavor to it. We will tip our hats to Filipinos in it. Hopefully, we’ll add some spice to it, some references, so keep an eye out for it.”
These easter eggs for Pinoys are aside from the locally cast actors for the young Simba and Nala, who will be played alternately by three boys and three girls, aged eight to 11.

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