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Elton John World News: ''Billy'' And ''Lion King'' Developments

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Thursday 17 September 2009 @ 17:16 - GMT

Elton and Lee Hall's musical may have originally opened on the London stage over four years ago, but that doesnt mean the hit shows razzle-dazzle appeal has worn off on the locals.

In fact, Billy Elliot has so much staying power that London Mayor Boris Johnson made a point to see the award-winning Broadway production during his New York City visit on September 13. He also went backstage for a quick visit with the stars.

Later this month, the public is invited to meet some of the Billy Elliot performers.

They will be among the personalities coming out to support Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS at the 23rd annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction to be held on Sunday, September 27 from 10:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. on 225 West 45th Street in Manhattan.

The event is free and open to the public. From posing with performers to buying a lost cast recording, signed show posters, rare costume sketches or special gift for a theatre-lover, this year's Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction promises to offer something for everyone.

And on the west coast, casting has been announced for the San Diego engagement of an Elton/Tim Rice production.

The Lion King will leap onto San Diego's Civic Theatre stage on Tuesday, October 13. The press opening night is Thursday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m.. This engagement is currently one of seven productions running worldwide along with New York, London, Hamburg, Tokyo, Paris, and Las Vegas.

Among the players will be regional theatre veteran Brent Harris as Scar, and Phindile Mkhize as Rafiki. Ms. Mkhize's credits include The Lion King Soundtrack 94.

The San Diego show runs through November 8.