'‘The Lion King’: What’s Different in Every Production Around

What’s Different in Every Production Around

In the

25 years since “The Lion King” opened on Broadway, the show has traveled all over the

But there’s

one thing that often doesn’t translate between countries: the jokes

That’s particularly

true of the comic relief characters that are meerkat Timon and warthog Pumbaa

“That Borscht

Belt humor, and how we cast it in New York — you have to find the

When we

were in Shanghai, for the hyenas and for Timon and Pumbaa, we had to find

She added,

“In Tokyo, I remember the comedians for the rough and tumble parts, they were from

Speaking on

the new episode of Stagecraft, Variety‘s theater podcast, Taymor also explained how other elements

She singled

out a production in South Africa in which Timon was played by a Black South

“That became

part of the story, because they were best friends and they were outcasts,” Taymor said

“Which means

they lived in the jungle and had missed Apartheid

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