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'The Lion King' Roars in Baltimore

In Baltimore Through Jan. 8



    Bold and breathtaking Disney musical extravaganza "The Lion King" comes to a theater near you... well, sort of near you.

    The smash-hit stage adaptation is playing at the Hippodrome Performing Arts Center (France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore, Md.) through Jan. 8.

    Featuring the iconic music of Elton John and catchy lyrics of Tim Rice, "The Lion King" will have you tapping your feet to the familiar favorites from the film version like "Circle of Life" and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," plus a few new songs.

    Director and costume designer Julie Taymor has crafted a stunning interpretation of the show to bring the African savannah and characters to life. The vivid set design, costumes and choreography take The Lion King's timeless story to new dramatic heights.

    The show's music and style have drawn in theatergoers of all ages, making this a perfect event for everyone from the kiddos to Broadway show veterans. Tickets are $69 and up.

    Get in town early to hit up nearby gastropub Alewife (21 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore, Md.) for a hearty pre-theater dinner, where you can find mouthwatering Americana fare like the Blue Catfish Tacos, or the Smoke Burger topped with gouda, gruyere, bacon and onions. Sides put new twists on the familiar -- try the Duck Fat Fries or Sweet Potato Shoestrings.

    Try a specialty cocktail like The Baltimore, a gin tall drink made with blueberries, blackberries and thyme, or the Bourbon Cider, a bourbon concoction blended with brown-sugar spiced simple syrup and cider, served on the rocks. Gotta stay warm while you walk over the the theater.