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New ‘King’ on the block: Joey McIntyre and family meet ‘Lion King’ cast members at Opera House

Joey McIntyre and his family met cast members from “The Lion King” at the Citizens Bank Opera House. Bill Brett for the Boston Globe

Be prepared to catch Joey McIntyre at the Tonys one of these days.

The actor — and New Kids on the Block member — rekindled his love affair with Broadway and moved his family from Los Angeles to New York earlier this year, shortly thereafter landing a role in “Waitress.” And on Sunday, the Mass. native — who grew up the youngest of nine in Jamaica Plain — brought the clan up to Boston to enjoy a stage production of “The Lion King” at the Citizens Bank Opera House.

On top of seeing the long-running musical, Joey Mac and his family — including wife Barrett, daughter Kira, and sons Rhys and Griffin — hung out backstage with cast members Nia Holloway and Jared Dixon.


McIntyre and family stuck around Monday to attend the 10th annual “Sense-ation!” fund-raiser for Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, a place he’s supported since Rhys was born with severe hearing loss. McIntyre, the gala’s founding honorary chair, performed a special song for attendees. Also on the guest list: Celtics owner (and MEEI chairman) Wyc Grousbeck, Billy Costa of Kiss-108’s “Matty in the Morning” and NESN’s “Dining Playbook,” and a pride of “Lion King” cast members.

Isaac Feldberg can be reached by email at isaac.feldberg@globe.com, or on Twitter at @isaacfeldberg.