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Date posted: 10/31/2013
Catch the Lion King at the Pantages Theatre
Nestled in central Hollywood, right on Hollywood Boulevard, sits the unique landmark of the Pantages Theatre. Celebrating the glorious past of entertainment on stage and onscreen as well as looking towards the future, the venue now holds numerous performances each year of both commercially successful hits and more independent art pieces.
Since it opened in 1930, The Pantages Theatre has played host to some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Costing $1.25 million at the time, the theatre was absolutely state of the art and one of the most luxurious venues ever seen. Fitted with a hydraulic lift to raise or lower the orchestral pit with its musicians and a ten thousand square foot stage area, the theatre was set to accommodate performances of all kinds. It was said that the number of lights used onstage would have been enough to light up Hollywood Boulevard in its entirety. Purchased by Howard Hughes in 1949, he led the Pantages into a new era of film history – hosting the Oscars award ceremony and featuring stars like Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Danny Kaye and Grace Kelly.
After years of focus on film rather than theatre, including the closing of several theatrical sections of the building, the Nederlander Organization came to the Pantages rescue. In 1977, the theatre was restored in time to host the Los Angeles production of ‘The Lion King’ being toured by Walt Disney Company. It is appropriate then that this year, The Lion King is returning to the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles and that such a spectacle as it offers will once again be played out on its stage. The Lion King, a five time Tony Award winning production and one of the most popular shows on Broadway, will be in LA from Wednesday November 20th right through to January 12th 2014. So if you're planning on staying in the Hollywood area, then make sure not to miss out on the most entertaining show you will ever see. Featuring the unique direction of award-winning Julie Taymor and the Oscar winning song ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ it is a treat for all ages.
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