The Lion King-A Family Review

The Lion King

The Lion King at Proctors Theater

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?

About Kelly Pugliano

Kelly is a lifelong foodie who shares her love of cooking, baking & writing about it on this blog. All recipes & photographs are made in her home kitchen or enjoyed during travels near & far. She has been featured on, iBlog Magazine and Capital Region Living Magazine.

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  1. says

    I haven’t seen the Lion King, but we took my daughter and her friend to see Beauty and the Beast in December and it was fantastic. Since then she has asked to go see every Disney movie as a play. She doesn’t really get that we have to wait until they come to town as a production so that we can see them.

    • Kelly says

      Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite Disney movies!! I’ve never seen the play version, but I am sure it was fantastic! I think that it is awesome when kids are thrilled with theater. :)

  2. says

    I haven’t been able to see this one yet, but will the next time it comes our way. The last show I saw was Phantom in Vegas and it was awesome. If I had another night there I would have seen it again. The theatre is magical, no doubt.

    • Kelly says

      You will love it! I have not seen Phantom yet…but the waitstaff in our Vegas hotel restaurant broke out into a song from that show while we enjoyed coffee! That was fun!

  3. says

    I want to see The Lion King so bad! And Wicked too! My MIL LOVES Wicked, I think she’s seen it 5 times.

    Phantom of the Opera is on my I have to see this one before I die list.

    Glad you all had fun!

    • Kelly says

      Phantom is on my list too…and Wicked? I would see 100 times I loved it so much!! I am glad I read the book- it made it a little easier to follow the play. I even have all the songs on my iPod!!

  4. says

    I am so glad you had fun. Kenny and I went to the winter market around noon. It would have been hysterical if we had bumped into you! I am so sorry we didn’t!

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