The Lion King Continues to Roar; Gene and Sean Collier at Improv (CP’s Thurs. 9/12/13)

1) Disney’s Tony Award-winning musical The Lion King makes a triumphant return to Pittsburgh for a multi-week run. The creative costuming and staging developed by the highly talented Julie Taymor is a sight to see,as is the meshing of actors and animal costumes that results in a suspension of disbelief. The musical score is no weak link either with Elton John and Tim Rice’s Oscar Award-winning songs “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.” 7:30 p.m. Through Sept. 29. Benedum Center, 237 7th and St.. Cultural District.

2) The saying goes, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” and that is certainly the case tonight at the Pittsburgh Improv where the feature is a father and son comedy act–Gene Collier and son Sean Collier. Gene is a Post-Gazette sports columnist and frequent contributor to 102.5 FM’s Randy Baumann & The DVE Morning Show. Frequent targets for Gene Collier’s dry wit are minivans, overused clichés and erectile dysfunction commercials involving twin outdoor bath tubs. Sean Collier has followed his father into journalism and comedy, as an associate editor of Pittsburgh Magazine, contributor to WDVE, and  standup comedian whose appeared on local stages. 7:30 p.m. 166 E. Bridge St., The Waterfront, Homestead.

3) Our battlin’ Bucs continue their march toward the playoffs in a game against the Chicago Cubs. 7:05 p.m. PNC Park, 115 Federal St., North Shore.

4) Jimbo and the Soupbones, a hot soul/R & B band is jamming at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille tonight. 8 p.m. No cover.103 Slade lane, Warrendale.

5) Dance off some beer carbs while drinking beer (or other beverages) at Belvedere’s Ultra Dive‘s NEON -80’s Night with DJ Hatesyou. 9 p.m. 4016 Butler St., Lawrenceville.