The Lion King
Theatre Review by Steve Duffy –
Its been 22 years since “The Lion King” made its Broadway debut and the show is still as magical as ever.
Based on the Academy Award-winning 1994 Disney film, The Lion King is the story of a young lion prince living in the flourishing African Pride Lands. Born into the royal family, precocious cub Simba spends his days exploring the sprawling savanna grasslands and idolizing his kingly father, Mufasa, while youthfully shirking the responsibility his position in life requires. When an unthinkable tragedy, orchestrated by Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar, takes his father’s life, Simba flees the Pride Lands, leaving his loss and the life he knew behind. Eventually companioned by two hilarious and unlikely friends, Simba starts anew. But when weight of responsibility and a desperate plea from the now ravaged Pride Lands come to find the adult prince, Simba must take on a formidable enemy, and fulfill his destiny to be king.
Gerald Ramsey gives a commanding performance as Mufasa and his rendition of “They Live in You” delivers a powerful message.
Jared Dixon and Nia Holloway as Simba and Nala have incredible chemistry. You can really feel it when they perform ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’.
Rafiki is played by Buyi Zama. She was simply remarkable to watch. The energy and life she brought to the role was amazing.
Nick Cordileone as Timon and Ben Lipitz as Pumbaa are the perfect comedic duo as they deliver all of the show’s comedic relief.
I think we all recall the moment when we first heard the music from the Lion King. The show is complete with all your favorite songs by Elton John and Tim Rice. Although the show closely follows the Disney version there are a few additional songs that you will enjoy just as well.
The puppetry, the costumes and the changing scenery are visually stunning. You literally feel transported to the plains of Africa.
The pure spectacle of “The Lion King” is something not to be missed!
Disney’s THE LION KING performances are now through October 27th. Tickets can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at (866) 870-2717, visit www.boston.broadway.com, or visit the Citizens Bank Opera House box office at 539 Washington Street, Boston, MA.