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T. Rex & company grunt, gnash, and cavort through millions of years of history to re-enact the life and times of the dinosaur.

The 200-million-year evolution of the prehistoric era's most famous beasts plays out in animatronic awesomeness for tonight's opening of Walking With Dinosaurs: The Live Experience. Based on a BBC-TV program, the touring show stars 10 species of computerized dinos that stand as tall as 36 feet and measure 56 feet from nose to tail. "Audiences seated in the lower seats are all but overwhelmed by the dinosaurs, while those seated in higher seats can view the entire spectacle and panorama of the production," says Gerry Ryan, the show's producer. "It's the closest you'll ever get to experiencing what it was like when they walked and ruled the earth."The show debuted to sold-out arenas in Australia in early 2007. Because of its popularity, its creators fast-tracked a North American tour that will last two years. To make the 15 dinosaurs lifelike, a team of 50 engineers, artists, and computer geeks work on each model for a year, perfecting its authenticity. "Our dinosaurs move exactly like they are real — with all the roars, snorts, and excitement that go with it," says director Scott Faris. "The realism is mind-blowing." Step back in time at 7 p.m. today through Friday, 11 a.m., 3, and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena, 100 Gateway Plaza. Tickets are $31.50 to $71.50. Call 216-241-2121 or visit
June 25-27, 7 p.m.; Sat., June 28, 11 a.m., 3 & 7 p.m.; Sun., June 29, 1 & 5 p.m., 2008

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