|TORONTO - For 25 years, Tony
Award-winning theatre director Julie Taymor had dedicated herself to non-profit
Add up all this experience plus an academic major in folklore and mythology
and you have a designer, director, writer, and actor who weaves together
a world of theatre traditions.
Her 1997 Broadway debut -- an interpretation of Disney's The Lion
King -- was a sensation. She became the first woman to win a Tony for
best direction of a musical.
It all led to spin-off productions in London and in Toronto, where The
Lion King opened this weekend at The Princess of Wales Theatre.
"You don't need to condescend to your audience to have them appreciate
the work," Taymor tells Laurie Brown.
"The Lion King taught me that you can hook in on many levels;
you can be three and have a good time, you can be 80 or 60 and hate Broadway
and also enjoy The Lion King."
"I personally love the idea of being true to the art I love to do but
also reaching a wide audience," she adds.
Laurie Brown's entire interview with Julie Taymor.