"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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 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,'' 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
"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
See it if See it for the fabulous puppets and costumes. See it for beautiful visual and wonderful performances...just see it
Don't see it if There is no good reason not to see this unless you do not like musicals
See it if The show was magical and the costumes blew me away. They appeared real and I wanted to touch them.
Don't see it if I can't imagine why someone wouldn't want to see it. I guess don't see it if you don't like Disney
See it if I saw this years ago with my sister and nieces and everyone LOVED it. From the very first moment, an absolute must see! The best of broadway
Don't see it if you don't like disney or the lion king story, otherwise there is no way you won't enjoy this entertaining musical:)
See it if I saw this with my daughter when she was young.The acting and singing along with the costumes and scenery moving completed this awesome show
Don't see it if It’s a Disney show and this might not be for everyone
See it if Amazing scenery and costumes. An exquisite performance from the whole cast. It holds up well from the first time I saw it 10 years ago!
Don't see it if You don't like musicals.
See it if You loved the movie, if you are enchanted by amazing sets and costumes and a ridiculously talented ensemble.
Don't see it if You don’t want to watch people playing animals?
See it if You like great music, stunning visuals, gorgeous production. And you don't have to be a kid to enjoy it.
Don't see it if You're a scrooge! I've never met anyone who didn't like it.
See it if You want to be totally mesmerized and liked the movie. I nearly cried during the opening scene - so powerful and immersive.
Don't see it if You don’t want to see puppetry and don’t want the be in an audience with a lot of children.
See it if you want to have an unforgetable experience! It is totally absorbing; the set, music; makes you feel like you are part of the whole thing.
Don't see it if you are brain dead.
See it if you like the movie but want more depth to the story. Saw it 18 years ago when I was 8 and I still vividly remember the show! It's timeless.
Don't see it if you want it to be exactly like the movie.
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