In Julie Taymor's Tony Award winning retelling of Disney's animated hit, puppets and live actors weave a dreamscape of jungle characters, creating the story of young Simba's rise to the throne. More…
The award-winning stage adaptation of the 1994 Disney film, 'The Lion King' tells the story of a young lion prince, Simba. He idolizes his father, the king Mufasa, while at the same time youthfully shirks the responsibility his position in life requires. When an unthinkable tragedy orchestrated by Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar, takes Mufasa’s life, Simba must fulfill his destiny to be king. 'The Lion King' is the winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
See it if you are okay with just leaving after the (spectacular) opening number. Or if you have kids. Or if you're a tourist who needs to check a box.
Don't see it if you don't like the Disney aesthetic. There are many interesting set & costume elements, but overall it is empty, underwhelming & grating.
See it if you like Disney style of music, etc. and your kids are begging to you to spend money on this production.
Don't see it if you don't have any children to take to the theater.
See it if You want to be blown away by the opening number and one or two other numbers later in the show. Recognizable music that is well-sung.
Don't see it if You're looking for a fast-paced show for the kids. It clocks in over 2 1/2 hours and drags in places, but still beautiful to watch.
See it if You want to see an impressive puppet show.
Don't see it if Want to feel anything. All spectacle and no soul. Staged but not directed acting wise.
See it if you can get a good seat at a good price. The show is a bit tired and ragged around the edges, but I suspect you'll enjoy it more up close.
Don't see it if you really love the movie. In its current state, the stage version is a let-down.
See it if you want to see amazing costumes.
Don't see it if you've heard too much hype or have a strong theater background - I think it just got over-hyped for me and I wound up disappointed.
See it if You like Disney, although the cartoon was better. Julie Taymor's puppets are a hoot, probably the best thing in the show.
Don't see it if You don't like Disney. You're not missing much. Rent the cartoon instead.
See it if You want to see exquisite staging and visual creativity, want to take the kids to a show, and you're not offended by typical Disney mythos
Don't see it if You don't like Biblical-style mythology with animal characters, and if a blatantly sexist orientation does not bother you.
See it if You like spectacle in sets and costumes when it comes to theater and enjoy the story
Don't see it if You like thought provoking theater that is more than a tourist attraction
See it if you want to see a capital-B Broadway Show; if you love Disney; if you need a good child-friendly show that still has some meat to it
Don't see it if you're looking for something new and edgy; if you hate Disney
See it if You have small children
Don't see it if You are no longer moved by puppets or feel as though you just wasted $100 to see a show when you could have just watched the movie for free.
See it if Absolutely masterful costumes and ingenious staging. A visual treat with instantly recognizable references to the source you grew up with
Don't see it if Predictable and formulative where you expect depth but in return receive watered down short dialogues. Iconic yes, the best, no.
See it if you like a spectacle. It's visually gorgeous all-around production value and something to experience. No other show offers this.
Don't see it if you're expecting a good solid book or anything more than Taymor's creativity at its best.
See it if You enjoy flashy costume and set design. You have young children addicted to the movie.
Don't see it if You enjoy a musical with a coherent book and a score that isn't written by 12 people.
See it if you loved the original lion king. The puppet work was really cool.
Don't see it if you're expecting it to be a light kids' show. I thought the additions from the movie to the show made it darker and slower.
See it if you are looking for a family show. Great costumes and prop-work. Overall enjoyable.
Don't see it if you aren't looking to have a bunch of children sitting around you.
See it if You loved the movie it's brilliantly comes to life before you and in such a clever and unique way that is seem less and entertaining
Don't see it if You think it's still in good shape because it's not, last time I saw this It was weak and sad
See it if you can overlook the inconsistencies with the period and enjoy the fantastic costumes
Don't see it if the costumes are the best thing in your opinion
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