Exclusive Behind the Scenes Look at the Lion King - The Puppet Shop

October 4, 2011 Updated Oct 4, 2011 at 7:26 PM EDT

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October 4, 2011 Updated Oct 4, 2011 at 7:26 PM EDT


Buffalo, NY (WKBW) With The Lion King back in Buffalo Eyewitness News got a chance to sneak backstage and see how this blockbuster show is put together. A big part of the show is the use of puppets and masks that bring the animal characters to life on stage. Over 230 puppets appear in the show and every handmade puppet can break during a performance, that's when Michael Reilly steps in. "Everything that's on a puppet that could possibly break, will break during a show...we're on radio and they'll call us with some crazy, crazy breakage and we'll have to run and fix it immediatly.", says the Reilly, the Puppet Supervisor. Reilly is only one of the one hundred or so people that travel with the Lion King, making sure the show is ready for the audience. Stay tuned all this month as Eyewitness News takes you behind the scenes of one of Broadway's most beloved productions. The award winning musical The Lion King is at Shea's Performing Arts Center from October 4th - 30th