Brisbane Airport BNE Issue 5 - page 32

WHAT’S ON
GET SPORTY
There’s a sizzling
season of sport
ahead with no
shortage of thrilling
events to get
your pulse racing,
whether you’re
outdoors cheering
on a team or joining
in the family-
friendly action
Lion King wins against the odds
Extreme action
Short, sharp and full of action,
Radical
Reels
is a compilation of eight high adrenalin
short films so hang on for the ride as climbers,
BASE jumpers, skiers, snowboarders,
paddlers and mountain bike riders fill the
screen with wild rides, steep jumps, and crazy
stunts. At Brisbane Powerhouse Theatre, New
Farm, 18-21 November. Tickets $33. Bookings
see
Melbourne Cup
There will be live track action at Doomben
Racecourse on Melbourne Cup Day and
Fashions on the Field will provide a lively
distraction until the main event is broadcast
on big screens. Punters will like the
Patchwork Steakhouse while fashion mavens
will want to be front row in the Grand Pavilion
where the fashion competition takes place.
Tuesday 4 November. See
“It was interpreted as many things
but no one said it looked like a
Broadway show in the making”
D
uring its Sydney season
The Lion King
was described by critics as
“breathtaking”, “beyond brilliant”, “ravishing”, “extraordinary”, “an
indisputable triumph” and “a masterpiece” so it’s no surprise that
its first ever Brisbane season had to be extended due to popular demand
even before performances began. The fact that many in the audience have
already seen it somewhere else in the world does not appear to have dulled
their enthusiasm.
Worldwide, the stage production has earned true blockbuster status.
Playing for 17 years and seen by more than 70 million people it has earned
more than $5 billion (more than the biggest hits in movie history such as
Titanic
or
Avatar
or all three of the
Lord of the Rings
films combined,
for example) and global productions are now showing concurrently
in 10 countries, including Australia. In the world of musical theatre
it is a phenomenon, but it almost didn’t make it to the stage.
Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney
Theatrical Productions, visited Brisbane to
announce the landmark musical event would
be coming to the QPAC stage for a season
extending until January 2015 but he
readily admits that when he was first
presented with the idea of adapting
The
Lion King
for the stage he thought it was the
worst idea he had ever heard.
The Lion King
was interpreted as many things:
an allegory for our times, a spiritual journey, a broad comedy, a Hamlet
knock-off, another story forwarding the patriarchal structure, a cash
cow, a timeless myth, the next in the line of Disney animated classics.
Not surprisingly, no one said it looked like a Broadway show in the
making,” says Schumacher.
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BNE October/November 2014
Buyi Zama as Rafiki. Photography by Deen van Meer ©Disney
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