THEATER: THE LION KING A DIFFERENT BREED OF CATS

DISNEY HIRES AN AVANT-GARDE DIRECTOR TO STAGE THE BROADWAY VERSION OF ITS BIGGEST BLOCKBUSTER

As anyone who has seen The Lion King knows, Hakuna Matata means "no worries," but on this July afternoon in Minneapolis, Minn., director Julie Taymor has plenty of them. She is in rehearsals for her new stage version of Disney's animated film about Simba the lion cub and his struggle to take his rightful place as king of beasts. Her long, dark hair pulled back and an intense expression on her face, Taymor is trying to work out some kinks in the Hakuna Matata number, which ends the first act. The pop-up cactus plants need to inflate sooner. The "bug boxes"...

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