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‘Lion’ to light Opera

Season opens with 'Blue's Clues,' includes 'Like,' ' Stars'

SOUTHBURY, Conn. — Boston’s long-dark Opera House will reopen in July 2004 with a multiple-week run of “The Lion King,” a highlight of Broadway in Boston/Clear Channel Entertainment’s 2003-04 season.

The season will also include two high-profile international offerings: the Peter Hall Co./Theater Royal, Bath, production of “As You Like It,” starring Hall’s daughter Rebecca, presented in association with the Huntington Theater Co. at the Wilbur Theater (beginning Nov. 11, 2003); and the Abbey Theater production of Sean O’Casey’s “The Plough and the Stars,” also at the Wilbur in spring 2004.

Eclectic season opens Sept. 30 with “Blue’s Clues Live! Blues Birthday Party” at the Wang Theater. It will be followed Oct. 7 by “Hairspray” at the Colonial. Broadway in Boston then sponsors “Porgy and Bess” beginning Oct. 28 at Emerson College’s downtown Cutler Majestic Theater.

“Les Miserables” will return to Boston at the Colonial on Nov. 5, followed on Dec. 9 by “Def Poetry Jam” and “Urinetown” on Jan. 6.

Canada’s “Cirque Eloize” will play the Wilbur from Jan. 20, the same night “Dora the Explorer” in “The Search for the City of Lost Toys” opens at the Wang.

The touring stage production of “The Graduate” will return to Boston for a run at the Colonial from Jan. 27, followed by “Movin’ Out” from March 2 and “Oklahoma!” from May 25.

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