REVIEWSTheatre ReviewsTom Williams

The Lion King

Music & Lyrics by Elton John & Tim Ricethe lion king national tour 2010

Book by Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi

Directed by Julie Taymor

Choreographed by Garth Fagan

At Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago

The Lion King still has its luster and heart after all these years.

Tighter, more polished and containing enough heart to please the most cynical audience member, The Lion King is a most dazzling theatre as spectacle musical of our generation.! From the impressive opening “Circle of Life,” audiences cheer and children go “wow” as the parade of  more than 200 puppet animals enter the stage both from the wings and from each main aisle. With the haunting African chants and the roaring drums, we are enticed into the world of the lion complete with a jaw-dropping assortment of puppet animals, living grass and flowers. The Lion King’s opening number is the most impressive one you’ll ever see for a Broadway musical. It sets the tone and it creates the atmosphere of the grassy African plane where the lion is king.

the lion king national tour 2010

Julie Taymor’s staging and her costumes  still amaze and enthrall us. My third time seeing The Lion King and  it was like revisiting paradise – the most imaginative kind. The show sure has legs as it still has productions playing in New York City, London, Hamburg, Tokyo, Las Vagas and this North American tour.  Now in its 13th year, 17 productions have been seen by over 50 million people, grossing over $4 billion–it has been translated into Japanese, German, Korean, French and Dutch!

the lion king national tour 2010

The Lion King National Tour landed in Chicago for a short run until November 27, 2010. It is a energetic, polished, well sung and flawlessly produced show.  The lead character are fine performers true to the show. The quality control by the Disney folks is outstanding. The vibrancy and feel of the show is fresh.

the lion king national tour 2010

The best way to get a feel for this show is to look  at the photos and a video sampler. So, rediscover the power of live stage spectacles with a wonderful touring production of the Disney classic – The Lion King. Enjoy!

Highly Recommended

Tom Williams

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