John and I went into Honolulu last night to see the live musical show Disney’s THE LION KING.
It was spectacular! The show basically follows the plot of the Disney animated film – the birth of lion cub Simba (future King) and the adventures, tragedies and triumphs of his life as he becomes an adult. The Lion King is our favorite Disney movie – though we haven’t viewed it in quite a while, but hearing the songs live was amazing – Circle of Life, I Just Can’t Wait to Be King, Hakuna Matata and Can You Feel the Love Tonight. The orchestra was located in the pit beneath the stage, but two percussionists could be seen playing drums on the sides of the stage. There were a few new acts and songs added into the live performance, which surprised us, but enhanced the show. The voices and actions of the actors were true to character – Scar was played as evil as he was in the movie, and Timon and Pumbaa were extremely hilarious. Even the hyena trio was depicted accurately.
The animals in the show were all actors wearing elaborate costumes or maneuvering large puppets – the giraffes were actors walking on stilts within their costumes. The lions – Mufasa, Scar and Simba were played by actors wearing mechanical headpieces which could be raised and lowered. It was breath-taking to see the live versions of the animals interact on the stage, throughout the show.
The sets were crafted beautifully and were reflective of the African landscape of the movie.
Even if you haven’t seen the movie – go see Lion King Live. It will knock your socks off. Wonderful show for people of all ages.