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February 23, 2009 The Woodinville WeeklyThe Northlake NewsThe Valley View Page 9 Highly anticip00 Lt00d 'The Lion King'- an '3 Blonde Moms' experience to roar about makes stop in ,,eattle by Deborah Stone Staff Writer Women of all ages went in droves to see the widely ac- claimed production, "Meno- pause the Musical," during its run at Seattle's ACT Theatre. It was the talk of book clubs, Bunco groups, coffee klatches and other throngs of females from Everett to Tacoma. Now there's "3 Blonde Morns," another show brought to you by the same producers of "Menopause," which is coming to Seattle for a limited engagement at ACT Theatre. This high-energy comedy features a trio of real life moms who are also well known comics and actors with dozens of film and televisions credits between them. They include Joanie Fagan, Jenni- fer Rawlings and Beaumont Bacon. Fagan is best known for playing Faith on "The Drew Carey Show," while Rawlings has appeared on Comedy Central and served as a host of a number of CMT specials. Bacon has had guest-starring roles on a variety of sitcorns 11 Jew & )elicious DINNER MENU CWoodinville's qBest omFort ood 489-1403 Open Daily Mon-Sat 6am-9pm Sun 7am-9pm Located in the Woodinville Towne Center Near QFC "3 Blonde Moms" and appeared in the movie "Jerry McGuire." Fagan, the ringleader of the group is credited with creating the concept for the show a few Courtesy photo years ago. After becoming a mom, she found herself talk- See ACT, p. 12 We mot mml maik mmm. we mmdkm'atmmd It St. Pats/ck's Day Tmmlay, Marc& 17tk Trad//lonal Coa B.f mad Cabbage for hmch OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 7am to 3pm 8809 Maltby Road Now Serving Most Of Our Breakfast Menu All Day Weekdays Brealo'm all day on Saturdays and Sundays IP I.=**, Gourmet value for near!e 13years. i:t 425-485-6888 15608 NE Woodinville Duvall Place (White Stallion) xpress [ - 8 entrees to choose from- S8"gS/each Monday - Friday Saturday & Sunday Lunch 11-4 / Dinner 4pm Dinner 5pm by Deborah Stone Staff Writer There's not much more to say about "The Lion King" that hasn't been said hundreds of times before. If you haven't had the opportunity to see the production, do yourself a favor and get down to the Paramount Theatre for an experience I guarantee you won't forget. "The Lion King"is agrand, colorful pag- eantry that continues to thrill audiences eleven years afterit opened on Broadway. The Seattle engagement is one of seven current produc- tions running worldwide as part of Disney on Broadway on Tour. This multiple award- winning musical, originally designed and directed by Juiie Taynor with music by Elton John and Tim Rice, is a feast for the senses that will appeal to all ages. Most folks know the Shakespearean-like story of the princely young lion, Simba, whose claim to the throne is usurped by his evil uncle, Scar. The Disney film of the same name first introduced the public to this beloved tale in all its animated glory. The stage version retains the same African setting and major characters, as well as much of the dialogue. But, it is beautifully brought to life in epic form and told with a theatricality that often takes the breath away. Against a backdrop of visual marvels and technical magic, a talented cast per- petuates the human drama with the use of vivid puppets, masks and costumes to repre- sent the animal characters. Standout performances come from South African actor Pbindile Mkhize, who plays Rafiki, the indispensi- ble, shaman baboon. Mkhize has an amazing set of pipes and an infectious enthusiasm that instantly endears her to the audience. Dionne Randolph sets a tone of grandeur as Mufasa, the regally imposing lion king and father of Simba (adeptly playedby Chaz Marcus Flem- ing and Marquis Kofi Rodri- guez alternating as the cub and then later as a grown lion by Andre Jackson). Comic casting is highlighted by Tony Freeman's Zazu, the wise and witty bird; Mark Shunock's Timon, the meercat with a bodacious, wise-guy person- ality; and Ben Lipitz's Pum- baa, the gaseous wart bog who brings laughter into the house each time he steps on stage. They are complemented by a talented ensemble of sing- ers/dancers/puppeteers that create a dynamic and dizzying carnival of wildlife. Expect to be dazzled by this wondrous display of ingenuity and en- thralled from the moment the parade of dazzling creatures enters the theatre for the open- ing number, "The Circle of Life." The scenic, costuming and choreographic wonders, along with the show's stun- ning score, make this musical a triumphant spectacle that is pure theatre. "The Lion King" runs through March 15 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. For ticket information: (206) 292-ARTS or www.thepara- Music of Patsy Cline brought to life in new production atACT by Deborah Stone Staff Writer If you're a fan of Patsy Cline and her music, you might want to catch "Always ... Patsy Cline," a new pro- duction that recently opened at ACT Theatre. The show is based on a true story about Cline's friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger. A housewife who fell in love with Patsy's voice in 1957, Seger followed Cline's career via radio and television until finally meeting the singer at a Houston concert in 1961. She struck up a friendship with the singing sensation that blossomed through a pen-pal relationship which continued until Cline's untimely death in a plane crash in 1963. The play's title refers to the manner in which Cline would close each of her letters to Seger. The story ufifolds in flashbacks as Seger (Kate Jaeger) reminisces from her Houston kitchen, while Patsy Taking care of your teeth and gums is crucial to your well-being. We understand your dental concerns and will work to make your visit comfortable and pleasant. (Cayman Ilika) enters and exits in multiple changes of costumes to sing the songs that made her famous, includ- ing "Crazy," "Walkin' After Midnight," "Honky-Tonk Merry Go Round," "Sweet Dreams," "I Fall to Pieces" and "Back in Baby's Arms" among many others. The show combines hu- mor, pathos and reality as it presents an intimate and compelling look at the life of one of country music's most beloved singers. It's a song-filled evening of entertainment that spans the musical kaleidoscope from lush ballads and beautiful gospel melodies to rousing honky-tonk rave-ups. Ilika sings her heart out with a bold voice that ex- presses passion andyearning. She has a powerful stage presence andherperformanee is exuberant and heartfelt. At times, however, her vocals sound a bit forced and she can't quite get into Cline's rich, soul-stirring timbres. Jaeger plays Louise with comic perfection and a heavy dose of blue-collar feistiness, throwing in humorous com- ments and down home moves that make the audience roar. She is a talented performer who knows how to use her physicality to get the most out of her role. The women are accompa- nied by the Bodacious Bob- cats Band, a group of gentle- men who do a masterful job of bringing Cline's music to life. "Always...Patsy Cline" offers fans who remember the star when she was alive a chance to look back, while introducing younger audience members to the engaging songs and unique style of this iconic and revered female vocalist. "Always...Patsy Cline" runs through March 8 at ACT Theatre in Seattle. For ticket information: (206) 292-7676 or www.act- Dr. Jerald D. Bates Comfortable Dentistry For The Entire Family Porcelain Veneers All Porcelain Crowns Tooth Colored Fillings Choice of Restorative Materials Cosmetic Whitening Implant Crowns / Sealants Nitrous Oxide Gas (no additional fee) Preventive and Periodontal Care by Registered Dental Hygienists We Welcome New Patients! Velscope Using latest technology in oral cancer screening Jerald D. Bates, DDS, PLLC 13515 N E 175th Street, Suite A, Woodinville (425)483-1101