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'The Lion King' premieres at Shanghai Disneyland as Broadway comes to China

'The Lion King' premieres at Shanghai Disneyland as Broadway comes to China

The first Mandarin-language production of “The Lion King” premiered Tuesday night at Shanghai Disneyland, part of a series of events scheduled before the park’s grand opening Thursday. 

A host of executives and Chinese and foreign celebrities attended, including Walt Disney Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Iger, former NBA star Yao Ming, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and director of the original “Lion King” stage musical Julie Taymor. 

Tuesday’s performance was close in content to the original Broadway production, which premiered in 1997, but also featured an assortment of distinctly Chinese elements, including a Peking...

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