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Lion King best-selling production of all time

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Blockbuster musical “The Lion King” was on Monday named the most successful production in history, raking in $6.2 billion at the box office — more than any other stage show or movie.

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‘Chicago’ stars fly in from NY for preview

“The most exciting musical of its generation” (according to The Times UK) is coming to Manila in December, and what do producers Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, David Atkins Enterprises and Concertus Manila put together by way of an announcement?

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West End Pinoy Mark Bautista, who plays Ferdinand Marcos in the West End musical “Here Lies Love,” finally got to watch “Miss Saigon” and meet up with fellow singing champ Rachelle Ann Go (Gigi in “Miss Saigon”). At right, Mark in front of the National Theatre, where “Here Lies Love” will be staged in October. Previews start Sept. 30.

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‘Miss Saigon’s’ homegrown Kim is living her dream

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MANALANG (AND WITH ALISTAIR BRAMMER, INSET). Has learned to be more independent.

It has been four months since Tanya Manalang began her stint as Fil-Am Eva Noblezada’s alternate in the coveted role of Kim in the West End revival of “Miss Saigon.” But, the petite 26-year-old stage actress still can’t believe her luck. She beams, “Getting cast in the musical has always been a dream—and now I’m living it!”

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Pottedheads, not potheads–what’s the difference?

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ACTOR Ben Stratton and “Potted Potter” cocreator Jeff Turner banter with Filipino journalists in London. EMMIE G. VELARDE

Just to set it straight: They are Pottedheads, one syllable more, and yes, the symptoms could get identical but only on the manic end (forget the crash).

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