“The Lion King” Los Angeles Premiere

HOLLYWOOD, Oct. 22, 2000 — If you were on Hollywood Boulevard Thursday night, you might have thought the Academy Awards were taking place. Hollywood superstars skipped the movies and showed up at the Pantages Theatre in their tuxedos and evening dresses for the Los Angeles opening of “The Lion King.”

Eric McCormack (“Will & Grace”) and wife Janet Holden miss “Must See TV” for an evening at “The Lion King” in Los Angeles.

“It’s great to see all these people and stars come out for a stage production. It makes a theater actor like myself feel good,” said Wayne Brady (“Who’s Line Is It Anyway? “).

“My kids and I saw it twice in New York and have worn out three CDs from the soundtrack,” said Alfre Woodard.

Now in its third year of sold-out performances on Broadway, “The Lion King” is the winner of 25 major awards, including six Tonys, among them one for best musical. In addition, director Julie Taymor made Broadway history by becoming the first woman to win a Tony for best director of a musical.

“This show is so awesome. I’m telling all my friends they have to see it,” said Laura Prepon (“That ’70s Show”).

Trey Alexander