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--The New York Times year-end feature







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Dayton Daily News  review of The Lion King CD

The New York Times (New York, NY)
from
Startling Voices, Roaring Successes
(year-end feature)
December 28, 1997

Click here to read the story live on The New York Times website




Jason Raize in
                            the New York Times



GRREAT WHITE WAY Broadway doesn't often see a smash the size of ''The Lion King.'' The day after the largely rapturous reviews appeared, the show set a Disney-size record: more than $2 million in box office receipts. The company's gamble of teaming up the avant-garde director and theater artist Julie Taymor with the Mass-Market Mouse had paid off. The result? Visual heaven. Though the story, of a young lion (Jason Raize, left) coming in to his own, seemed less compelling on stage than on the movie screen, the musical demonstrated that Disney's deep pockets can easily support its taste. The question is, What does that mean for the future of Broadway?
(Joan Marcus/Marc Bryan-Brown/Disney)

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