Busch Tampa to debut $6 million theatrical production

Posted Monday, October 27, 2003 4:55 AM | Contributed by Jeff

In the works for three years, Busch Gardens Tampa will debut an African-themed musical in the spring of 2004 called "Katonga," a production that will cost $6 million to produce. The show is casting now, and will include a cast of 18, including five principals and five Chinese acrobats. The show is planned to run for five years.

Read more from Backstage.com.

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Monday, October 27, 2003 5:56 AM
rollergator's avatar Wow, Rhino Rally, Haunted Lighthouse, now this......and people still insist that BGT isn't a "thrill park"....;)
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Monday, October 27, 2003 6:07 AM
Do 'build me a coaster' types realize live shows cost too?

The scholar, the eternal question and a lot of REALLY stupid jokes. Celebrate Pancake Day 10/27. Check local listings for events.

Monday, October 27, 2003 6:34 AM
So much for a new coaster in 2004. . .
Monday, October 27, 2003 7:09 AM
rollergator's avatar Actually, if/when BGT comes up with a coaster (and that B&M stand-up the Lemon Chill guy talked about is looking less likely by the minute), I think a kiddie is in order...hopefully they'll let the *big kids* ride as well.

I'd also be ecstatic over SOME kind of decent flat.....not that the Bumper Cars and swinging shiphaven't served us well these many MANY years...;)

Monday, October 27, 2003 9:22 AM
Oh, right, of course. Chinese Acrobats in an African themed musical extravaganza. Suuuure.

The name sounds cool, though It sounds more like it should be used on a new slide going into Splashin' Safari.
Zinga! Otorongo! Zoombabwe! Katonga!

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Monday, October 27, 2003 9:25 AM
"the first legitimate theatre to be built in a theme park,"

I think Disney would have a problem with that statement (re: their Hyperion theatre at DCA, which was built to accomodate shows like the Broadway Beauty and the Beast)

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Monday, October 27, 2003 10:10 AM
Jeff's avatar It didn't say anywhere that they were building a theater. I assumed they were using the one near the parking lot and stables. I've not been in it, but it appears to be a theater proper because of the fly space. If that's it, then it was around long before DCA.

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Monday, October 27, 2003 10:16 AM
Here's the whole quote

"The cast, boasting 18 members--including five principals and five acrobats from China--will be performing in a 1,168-seat house, "the first legitimate theatre to be built in a theme park," says the show's producer, Don Frantz. "The theatre is similar to New York's Marriott Marquis."

Reading it the first time it sounded like it was something they're adding. I guess if they were building it new theyd've said 'The theatre WILL BE similar..."
My bad

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Monday, October 27, 2003 2:20 PM
For some more information, check out tampatalent.com. Follow the top link for "Diverse Cast Needed for new Theatrical Production." There it lists some of the actors and positions needed to fill. Also, on the first page in the tiny print at the bottom it states that the new show will be in the Moroccan Palace Theatre. This theatre currently is home to World Rhythms on Ice, an excellent ice skating show that will be missed by many, but I look forward to seeing "Katonga" in 2004. Maybe a new rollercoaster the next year, but they have a lot of good rides already that make it a great park.
Tuesday, October 28, 2003 10:36 AM
well think of it this way....

when the new coaster DOES come, i'll be good.

err.. well actually, leme pout it this way:

when the new coaster DOES come, it BETTER be good.

but i have faith in my BG...really i do!


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