The story of The Lion King follows the path to adulthood of the lion cub Simba, the son of Mufasa, the lion king of the Pridelands. Mufasa's nefarious brother Scar feels that he deserves to be the king and murders Mufasa in order to seize the throne. The distraught Simba flees from the Pridelands and meets his new friends, the meerkat Timon and the warthog Pumbaa. Simba grows up with Timon and Pumbaa, becoming a strong and proud lion, and his experiences teach him that he must face his problems and his past in order to move on and prosper in the future.
“Why should I see this musical when I have already watched the movie?" some of you may be asking. Well, this play is more than just a story. It is truly beautiful. It has some of the most extravagant costumes and makeup in all of Broadway.
The choreography is simply awe inspiring. The lions are strong and bold. The grizzlies leap. The giraffes are on stilts. Every actor projected his or her voice with the utmost clarity. The music is catchy and uplifting. Some scenes feel more like a real-life experience than just a play, with the actors all over the theatre, making it seem as if there are hundreds of animals in the theatre.
When I visited Boston to see the musical, I witnessed one of the most extravagant props and setting I had ever seen. The costumes and makeup allowed the audience to envision animals instead of people. The lights were used in suspenseful moments to add effect, flashing like strobe lights when characters fell to their death, or blood red, during the fire on the pridelands. The orchestral set-up added to the experience in a remarkable way, with the only two visible orchestral members playing traditional African instruments. The members playing with western instruments were hidden under the dark part of the stage.
In conclusion, I would absolutely recommend this production to anyone. It was awe-inspiring. I encourage you all to purchase your tickets now on the Boston Opera House website (see the link below), since The Lion King is only in Boston until October 12th. I hope you enjoy the experience as much as I did!