October 6, 2003
The lion comes to Louisville Sunday, October 12, 2003 @ 7pm
Louisville, KY -- Discover how the animated movie became a live, on-stage phenomenon! For the many fans who anxiously await the Louisville premiere of Disney's The Lion King, WHAS11 presents a one-hour television special, The Lion Comes to Louisville airing Sunday, October 12 at 7:00pm.
"We'll take you behind closed doors, where very few people get to go! I see the show as an exclusive, backstage pass to The Lion King," says Melissa Swan, WHAS11News anchor and host for The Lion Comes to Louisville.
The WHAS11 crew went behind the curtain of this Tony award-winning musical to profile the talented cast and crew. Viewers will meet the people who create the look, the sound and the color, including three from the Kentuckiana area.
Learn about the on-stage magic from those who create the amazing make-up and famous puppetry. Actors and musicians talk about how they have formed a family and the joy they share in bringing this spectacular show to the world.
The cast also includes native South Africans who share with viewers how they hope to bring about a better understanding of their culture. Viewers will also see how the excitement has spread to local schools as The Lion Comes To Louisville profiles students and teachers who are getting involved by studying African culture.
Disney's The Lion King is presented by PNC Bank Broadway in Louisville and will begin performances at the Kentucky Center on October 17 for a limited engagement of six weeks, through November 23.
WHAS11 is the ABC network affiliate serving the Louisville, Kentucky area, and is part of Belo Corp. (NYSE:BLC). Belo is one of the nation's largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading television, newspaper, cable and interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000 company with approximately 7,800 employees and $1.4 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates news and information franchises in some of America's most dynamic markets and regions, including Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island, and the Mid-Atlantic region. Based in Dallas, Belo owns 19 television stations (six in the top 16 markets) reaching 13.7 percent of U.S. television households; owns or operates nine cable news channels; and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belo publishes four daily newspapers: The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) and the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX). Belo Interactive's new media businesses include 34 Web sites, several interactive alliances, and a broad range of Internet-based products. For more information, contact Kirk Szesny, Director of Marketing and Creative Services, at 502-582-7870. Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at www.belo.coma subsidiary of Belo Corp.