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Lion King star suicide?

Discussion in 'Archive' started by Bill, Feb 13, 2004.

  1. Bill

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    Someone told me that Jason Raize (sp?), Simba in the Broadway version of "The Lion King" committed suicide last week. Can anyone verify this? Very sad if it's true.
     
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    I know I am replying twice to the same post but I am angry. I saw Jason on Broadway in The Lion King and he was awesome. Disney Theatrical could not even bother to mention this on their website?! What a travesty and further evidence of how cold an uncaring this conglomerate has become. RIP Jason.
     
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    Barry-

    I know you are angry, but there is no reason to blame Disney for anything in regards to this. Jason Raize hasn't been involved with "The Lion King" or with anything related to Disney for several years. He was, in the scheme of things, another former CM for the company. No company the size of Disney can keep track of all the former employees around the world. Disney Theatrical might not have even known about this until the articles appeared in the press. And even if they did want to say or do something, they probably spoke with family members, perhaps made a contribution to the charity the family wants money donated to, and gave their condolences. What else should they have done?

    I know we all look at things the Disney company does and tend to get a little concerned about the loss of "Disney magic," but in this case I truly believe you are making something out of nothing...

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    Tink,

    With all due respect I disagree. Raize was a member of the original cast in a phenomenally successful show on Broadway. The show is running still and is opening now all over the globe. Just thought it would be a little classy if Disney Theatrical could have put a little pic on their website with two or three little words. Just my opnion.
     
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    Just to set the record straight, Jason Raize was the voice of one of the brothers in the RECENTLY released "BROTHER BEAR" but, as stated, he was just a Disney cast member and, for having been one for six years some years ago myself, i can testify that words and notions as "death" and "suicide" are taboo in today's Disney's world while "profit", "shares" and the like are IN, so.....
     
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    I forgot about "Brother Bear." My apologies for that mistake. I still feel, however, that there was no need to make a deal over his death in regards to "The Lion King." As for a mention in regards to "Brother bear," that is a different matter entirely... But we don't know what, if any requests, the family had in regards to mentioning his death. I'd like to believe that someone at Disney cared enough to at least contact the family and offer condolences on behalf of the company and possibly make a donation to his charity....

    Whatever the case, it is truly a tragic thing to have happened...

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    Appreciate your further opinion on the matter but after further consideration I feel as though I am not making my point clear enough. I am not accussing The Disney Company os not sending flowers, consulting with the family or having a rep at the funneral. My point is simply this, The Lion King, in part because of Jason Raize, was a phenominally successful show on Broadway for Disney. It won a few Tony Awards as I recall. Jason Raize wasn't processing shipment at The Disney Store, he starredg in the Original Broadway Cast of The Lion King for Disney. That's a step or two above CM status. Just thought it would have been classy if Disney Theatrical put a word or two onThe Lion King web site. That's all.
     
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    It was announced on Playbill Online today that there will be a memorial service for Jason Raize at the New Amsterdam Theater in NYC on April 8 at 4:30 PM.
     

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