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"You can only marvel at the exotic procession of animals before you: the giraffes and the elephants and the hippopotamuses and all those birds in balletic flight. These are creatures of air and light and even a touch of divinity. Where are you, really, anyway? Somehow you have fallen into what appears to be a primal paradise. Such is the transporting magic wrought by the opening 10 minutes of ''The Lion King.''" Full Review
"The Lion King is a spectacular rendition of the animated film, a brilliant theatrical adaptation that stands on its own...Taymor has risen to the challenge, translating the physically complex tale to the stage with an endlessly clever, visually stunning use of masks, puppetry, costumes and scenic effects; the stage show has the delighted audience firmly in its grip." Full Review
"The opening scene unfolds with moment after giddy moment of astonishment. South African choral harmonies, with their calming and yet exuberant rhythms of attack and release, seem to come from everywhere in the darkness. A magical rich jungle parade." Full Review
"Make no mistake: The Lion King is a rare theater experience. The musical is intelligent spectacle, extravagance with a purpose -- and a heart. From the moment it begins, The Lion King offers astonishing stage magic. Performers walking on giant stilts become giraffes, birds, and a pride of lionesses, dance with a solemn gracefulness that is breathtaking." Full Review
"A bold work of art, and stylistically the most daring piece of theater, to hit mainstream musicals in years. You gotta love it - and judging by the roars at a preview performance for critics and insiders last week, Broadway does. "The Lion King" - arguably the most expensive puppet show in history - is a long, imperfect musical. But it is also a dazzling, one-of-a-kind entertainment." Full Review
"Breathtaking moments abound: The wildebeests stampede directly toward the audience, growing ever bigger; fish and eels swim through a river; the heat of an African drought evaporates a shrinking lake; and the second act opens with multicolored birds flying above and through the theater." Full Review
"The opening number alone is enough to send you leaping from your seat. With bursting sunrises, a stampede, and comical interactions among the diverse characters...The Lion King offers enough eye candy to satisfy audiences inured to lavishness by rising helicopters and crashing chendeliers." Full Review
"The Lion King musical is a great starter drug to the theatre world as the familiarity can give you a very enjoyable night out. If you are a Disney fan or theatre fan it is hard not to recommend going to see the show. If you don’t like theatre – why not give it a try." Full Review
"One comes away with a sense of having witnessed a dazzling kaleidoscope of perfection, both in performance and in spectacle, yet with the profound satisfaction of experiencing something beyond theatre. To say the effect is breathtaking is an understatement, it is overwhelming." Full Review
"Taymor's creation is a breathtaking visual and aural feast that begins with a thrilling opening scene so euphoric the rest of the show is almost anticlimactic. The animal kingdom has never been so spectacularly re-created on a stage." Full Review
"To see "The Lion King," winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Musical, is not only to witness a groundbreaking combination of music, scenery and puppeteering, but also to be made aware that every living being, from the largest elephant to the smallest bird, is connected in some way." Full Review
""The Lion King,'' with its life-sized puppets, tribal drums and revolving scenery, is not a product of re-creation but one of creation...Julie Taymor has kept the basic plot of the 1994 cartoon movie while expanding it into a purely theatrical form all its own." Full Review
"A powerful multicultural cast that steals your breath and makes you feel your heart will burst with pleasure.Taymor's use of elegantly ingenious puppetry obliterates the realistic theater as we know it and takes us to exotic new places. Every performance is a standout." Full Review
"Disney delivers razzle dazzle, plus pomp and pageantry..."The Lion King" needs it. The coming-of-age story is about as fresh as yesterday's bread and as tiny as one of those sidekicks in Disney's animated film." Full Review
"If you liked the film of "The Lion King," you will not be disappointed by the Broadway musical. And if you have not been a Disney fan you will be knocked out by this transformation of an animated film to a live theater piece." Full Review
"The show is a visual masterpiece...The characters are as lovable and enduring as in the film." Full Review
"So come find out what all the fuss is about, and re-introduce the kids to all their favorite characters -- Simba, Nala, Mufasa, Zazu and of course, Timon and Pumbaa -- in a vibrant, colorful and magical new way." Full Review
See it if you love theater/musicals but (wrongly) assume this show is just a live-action staging of classic scenes from the movie
Don't see it if …no reason not to see it! Even if you hate theater I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t be impressed by the inventiveness of this production
See it if You loved the movie and it's songs or like inventive animal costumes.
Don't see it if You're hoping to be wowed. TBH, it isn't my favorite Disney movie anyway, but I found the show to be quite dated. Wish staging was refreshed
See it if you want to relive your childhood and listen to the classic music. Or even just to experience the show, which is exquisite.
Don't see it if you are expecting a "grown-up" show, it's still very much geared towards children. If you can't lose yourself into the illusion of puppetry
See it if great for families, this is a lovely amalgam of the movie and a Broadway show. Really not to be missed.
Don't see it if you don't like singing and dancing animals or you're anti-Disney.
See it if You loved the movie and want to see more of the same
Don't see it if You're expecting anything new or different from the movie. It's basically the same, just live. Which is a good thing.
See it if loud, creative, & BIG is what you're craving. It's beautiful, w/recognizable music (of course) & memorable. An epic night of non-stop magic.
Don't see it if you LOVE the movie. Can be said for many, but there is NOTHING like Lion King's original & brilliant LIVE choreography & orchestrations.
See it if you are artistic, creative and open to the wonder of Julie Taymor's creatures. A brilliant use of costuming,mechanics, and dance.
Don't see it if there is no wonder in your heart! It is a voyage to a childlike space of possibility populated by creatures of imagination.
See it if you like the movie; it has very much of the same dialogue. If you like Disney musicals. If you want to see beautiful costumes.
Don't see it if you want to see something extremely different from the movie.
See it if you're intrigued of the staging of the animals as costume design is one of the highlights of the show, apart from its great musical score.
Don't see it if you expect grand set designs as this is minimalist in that aspect to showcase the costumes and choreography more on an almost bare backdrop.