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'The Lion King': Broadway smash hit keeps rolling along

'The Lion King': Broadway smash hit keeps rolling along

It now has been 18 years since Julie Taymor's "The Lion King" bowed on Broadway, and the tour that officially opened at the Cadillac Palace Theatre Friday has been carting giraffes on stilts everywhere from Anchorage to Albuquerque for a whopping 13 years. Feeling old?

A huge chunk of the audience in Chicago Friday was not born when Rafiki the monkey first unleashed "Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba!" — one of the best opening lines in one of the best opening numbers in the history of the art form. Loosely translated, that opening line to "Circle of Life" means "A lion is coming."

And staying.

And still making well over $2...

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