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Outtakes: Loni auditions as Rafiki in The Lion King

We go behind the scenes at the Broadway hit musical The Lion King now playing the Orpheum in San Francisco. Does Loni have what it takes to be a baboon shaman? And, about that singing voice…

The Lion King - Orpheum San Francisco

Will Loni’s audition for Rafiki win over critics? Buyi Zama (the real Rafiki, The Lion King) looks on backstage during makeup.

Too bad Disney doesn’t allow performers to wear makeup outside of the building. I think Loni was looking forward to walking around San Francisco as Rafiki the baboon shaman…

WATCH: The Lion King (Outtakes)

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Is it just me or does the post makeup Loni look ready to take on Jack Black in a wrestling match? Watch for the full video and interview coming soon on Stark Insider TV.

Clinton Stark
Clint is based in San Francisco and has produced videos for Stark Insider since 2006. Film projects recently completed include short MORADO shot in the Baja, doc THE ART OF HALL WINES in Napa, and music video WRONG'S WHAT I DO BEST at the San Francisco Art Institute. He regularly writes about Canon DSLR and filmmaking. His Broadway features have garnered praise, including SHREK UNMASKED which is the most viewed BTS video for the musical on YouTube. In addition he's worked with DreamWorks, Disney on Ice, and Cirque du Soleil, among others. Interview highlights include James Franco, Gia Coppola, Colbie Caillat, Vincent Kartheiser, Dana Carvey, and Dany Boyle. Clint is a member of ATCA and covers the SF theater scene. He also writes about Napa and wine, and Silicon Valley news and trends. More: Clint's story...