Disney’s The Lion King Musical

Blogger Cassandra Hsiao in front of a Lion King Poster showing Nala

Lion King Simba

Lion King Logo

You think you know all the characters of the famous Disney’s The Lion King? Well, think again. Get ready for the world’s best musical as Disney presents, The Lion King. It’s a whole new world in the Mandalay Bay Theatre in Las Vegas as a huge and international cast presents the majestic wonders of the savannah.

It was really amazing how Disney Theatrical Productions turned the classic animation The Lion King to stage. The costumes made the animals come alive, and many puppets were used as well (Zazu and Timon). You can still see the person that is carrying the puppet, so it is actually the imagination of the audience that blends the two together.

The movements of the lions are so natural. The actors take natural human movements and blend them with a twitch of a “paw” or the arch of a lion’s back. Simba and Mufasa’s masks are so simple but yet majestic. Scar’s mask communicates his anger and jealousy of Mufasa. The sculptor has only one chance to show the audience what the character’s personality is like, and I felt that the sculptor, the puppeteer, and the designer really communicated their feelings.

The background told me a lot about the surroundings. The scene changes so quick, with staircases rising out of the ground and elephant graveyards eerily floating across the stage. My favorite background change is when Mufasa dies in the stampede. I think it is really creative how Disney put together the image of wildebeests running at Simba – and at us, the audience.

I was really excited to see kids acting as young Simba and young Nala in the show. There are so many talented kids performing all over the world! They seem so full of energy, perfect for the roles of Simba and Nala. The cast’s dancing, acting and singing are superb! The dances are a mix of different cultures around the world, plus a blend of ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and so much more!

There are new musical numbers added to the musical that aren’t in the film, adding depth to many of the characters. “Endless Night” and “They Live in You” are two of my favorite newbies.

I cannot tell you in just a few words how fantastic this show is. You will have to see it for yourself! It is one of those musicals that you will never forget. The Lion King makes a conciliatory gesture towards the audience, transforming the most hesitant viewers into a musical lover. A truly amazing, eye-boggling, must-see musical.

Published @http://walnut.patch.com/blog_posts/disney-presents-lion-king-musical

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About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation . https://twitter.com/Cassandra_Hsiao

Posted on June 13, 2011, in Musical Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Excellent review, Cassandra! This would be amazing to see. :)

  2. It really is the worlds best musical. Amazing acting, amazing staging and amazing costumes. Thanks for this review and I hope it encourages more people to see this musical. I think it has many years left to live as Lion King tickets are still selling fast.

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