09 Oct '11, 2pm

The Lion King (Stage) and Racial Politics;

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." - Albert Einstein, (attributed) *** While watching the Lion King at Marina Bay Sands, I noticed that most of the cast members (whose ethnicity I could discern) were black. Scar seemed to be Indian, one hyena was probably a Latina and another might have been white. Timon was hard to discern through his makeup but was probably white, and I think there was one Latina in the ensemble. Zazu was impossible to identify given the makeup. Handily, the website has a cast list for easy identification. The cast is more racially diverse (of the main cast excluding the kids, 5 are black and 6 are non-black, and of the ensemble, 27/34 are black) than I remember (this is confirmed by a video of a rehearsal), but my watching a matinée might've had something to do with that (only 2-4 replacements were announced before the show, ...

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