Before the holiday season, hubs asked if we should get tickets for the entire family to see The Lion King. I thought it was a GREAT idea!
Hubs and I would frequent the local Park Playhouse, where Broadway shows would come alive with aspiring actors to entertain folks on a summer’s eve. In fact, to this day, even twenty years later, I think the BEST rendition of West Side Story unfolded in front of my eyes right on that very stage.
We do not go to the summer shows that much anymore, but we do go to a local theater that has been around since the late 1920′s which showcases the very best Broadways shows. Last spring, we took the whole family to see Wicked- which was a FABULOUS show! We enjoyed it so much that we decided that seeing a show should be a family outing at least once a year.
Sunday afternoon brought our family back to the ornate landmark theater, where we sat in the red velvet seats and for the next 3 hours were thoroughly entertained. One word of advice- if you have tickets to see this show, be sure to have yourself settled into your seat before showtime; otherwise you will have to wait-because the opening number uses the WHOLE theater- including the aisles! And you will not want to miss the opening number! A feast for the eyes as well as the ears.
We all agreed that our favorite character was Rafiki, who, for this appearance, was played by Brenda Mhlongo. Every time she sang, we had goosebumps.
The show does follow the movie version pretty closely, which should be expected. What I could not get over was the set decoration and costumes. WOW just does not really explain it…but with each new animal that graced the stage from Pride Rock, to the Elephant Grave Yard or Scar’s Cave, or the costumes that created the grass plains, water holes or jungle lagoon,W…O…W is what I was whispering.
It was a wonderful afternoon, seeing a top notch Broadway play and spending much needed time together as a family.
Kudos to hubs for planning so far ahead!
Have you seen The Lion King? Did you like it?