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The Lion King’ to go quiet at Mandalay Bay in December 2011

Thom Sesma-<em>The Lion King</em>

Joan Marcus

Thom Sesma as Scar in Disney’s The Lion King at Mandalay Bay.

The sun sets on the jungle at Mandalay Bay in December 2011.

Announced Wednesday, Disney's "The Lion King," the rare Las Vegas production to run full length with an intermission, has announced that it will run through December 2011 -- but not after. The final performance is set for Dec. 30, 2011, and by then the show will have run longer than any "Lion King" production anywhere except Broadway, having logged 31 months and more than 1,000 performances.

The show opened in May 2009, replacing the long-running "Mamma Mia!" at Mandalay Bay. The theater has been one of those likely to host the Cirque du Soleil-Michael Jackson production in 2013 -- that show will be staged in an MGM Resorts hotel -- and the touring version of that show will play Mandalay Bay Events Center on Dec. 15.

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