Absolutely perfected choreography, singing and costume/stage design!
I haven’t watched The Lion King (movie) in a pretty long while, so the storyline was not very fresh in my mind. Regardless, I don’t think that mattered much, because this musical just blew the whole performance out of the park. This is my first musical attendance ever, and I am so glad that it was this. I did not really know what to expect except that people kept on saying it was so good. And I am now one of those people.
I was sitting all the way at the back of the auditorium, so did not really get to see their faces and expressions, but the way they moved and talked was good enough to tell how they were feeling. There are too many people to name but my favourite characters were: Rafiki (Tshidi Manye), Timon (Nick Cordileone), Zazu (Drew Hirshfield) and young Simba (either JJ Batteast or Tre’ Jones). The main characters also include: Scar (Patrick R. Brown), Mufasa (Gerald Ramsey), Simba (Aaron Nelson), Nala (Nia Holloway), Pumbaa (Ben Lipitz) and young Nala (either Mikari Tarpley or Alexandra Underwood). They were all so amazing and talented that it was mind-blowing.
The rest of the crew is absolutely incredible as well, making everything come together and become one masterful piece. The choreography was simply stunning, and the costumes and set design incredible. I was really into the designs on stage and the number of blinds they had to set the atmosphere of the scene. It was really interesting to watch as well as wonder how on earth some of them moved. For instance, pieces of grass would just slide along the stage from one end to the middle of the stage with no evidence of someone pushing it. And then it would split and go different directions off stage, which would counter my initial thought that maybe it was attached by a string or motor pulley thing. It’s just incredible how the set changes before your eyes so smoothly.
The story wasn’t boring either, even though we all probably know the story of lion king. Patrick R. Brown’s delivery of Scar was acute, he delivered his lines so well, and even had bits of humour in there which made it more perfect. The whole cast is basically perfect.
Not that I have anything to compare musicals to, but I definitely recommend you go check this out! It is the #1 musical in the world.
I give this a 10/10.
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