How ‘Lion King’ pup­pets brought to life

Ac­tors go through months of prepa­ra­tion to put on mu­si­cal.

Austin American-Statesman - - E LIFE & ARTS - “THE LION KING” When: Where: Tick­ets: In­for­ma­tion and tick­ets: Raisin­gaustin “The Lion King” is coming to Bass Con­cert Hall. Mark David Ka­plan plays Zazu, the king’s ad­viser in “The Lion King.” CONTRIBUTED BY SELENA MOSHELL / DIS­NEY

At some point af­ter the mag­i­cal “The Cir­cle of Life” open­ing — a swirl of an­i­mal pup­pets and their ac­tors — the au­di­ence stops see­ing the ac­tors and just starts look­ing at the pup­pets, says “The Lion King” pup­pet su­per­vi­sor Michael Reilly. It doesn’t mat­ter if it’s a 5-yearold see­ing her first Broad­waystyle mu­si­cal or an 85-year-old see­ing her 20th.

“Peo­ple for­get how old

Jan. 16-Feb. 10, 8 p.m. Tues­days-Satur­days, 2 p.m. Satur­days, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sun­days

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$29-$99. 477-6060, Broad­way AcrossAmer­ica.com/Austin they are when they watch the show,” says Mark David Ka­plan, who plays Zazu, the

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