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Venue:
Minskoff Theatre

Address:
1515 Broadway (at 45th Street)

Length:
2 hours and 45 mins with One Intermission

Opened:
November 13, 1997 (Open-Ended)

Category:
Broadway Musical

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Theater Through A Child’s Eyes

Recently, I took my son Jake to see Disney’s The Lion King. This was his first experience with the theater, and I figured that since we knew the story this might be a good place to start. I can still remember going to see my first musical, Annie, when I was about seven, and I hoped that I passed on my passion of the theater to my child. Since this was his first time, I wasn’t sure what to expect. One can never tell with a six year old boy, but he was quickly drawn in once the lights went down and the curtain went up.

The show began with an inspirational version of the “Circle of Life”. While I was intrigued with the introduction of each character, the set design and the unique costumes, Jake had discovered the conductor and the orchestra pit situated under the stage. He asked what they were doing under there, and once I had quietly explained he seemed satisfied and was able to focus on the performance. The next few scenes seemed to move pretty smoothly for both the show and Jake. They featured several songs with Young Simba who was played by a nine year old boy. I think that it was exciting for Jake to see that a kid could be up there singing and dancing, too. Songs like “The Morning Report” with the energetic Zazu the bird and Simba’s rousing rendition of “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” were very uplifting and easy to understand. Most of the children in the audience were moving to the music and having a good time.

The remainder of the first act became a little confusing for Jake. We had to deal with the death of Mufasa the character and not the actual actor portraying him. It was at this point that I realized it was hard for him to grasp that what he was watching was a story being told through people and not reality. This point was further reinforced when at the end of Act One Young Simba is portrayed by a boy, and after the intermission he has become an adult. Jake wanted to know how Simba grew up so fast. I was pleased that he was asking so many questions because that meant he was paying attention.

All in all, ours was a pleasant experience. The Lion King was a very kid friendly show. The performers ran through the main isle and some even came into the audience. There were amusing characters such as Rafiki, Timon and Pumbaa, acrobats and performers on stilts. At times, Jake really believed that these characters were real, and that is what makes Broadway so magical. When a production is done right even an adult can get caught up in the performance, and even though we can separate fact from fiction isn’t it nice to get lost in something for a few hours? I think so.

Mary Poppins To Take Over Lion King's Reign at the New Amsterdam Theatre October 2006

The hit 1964 Disney movie is set for a November 16th opening at the New Amsterdam, while the Huge hit The will be moved to the Minskoff in June, where the 52 member cast will call their new home.

The Minskoff will be completely refurbished to accommodate the production, and have it set to continue it's popular award winning run, the renovated Minskoff should be a nice home. Although many feel The Lion King earned it's home, and should not be moved at all.


Fun For The Whole Family

The production includes a great musical score which leaves you feeling as if you are deep in the African jungle, along with memorable songs which leave the whole family singing on the ride home. Along with every animal from the jungle on stage, the show is a great choice for a fun, exiting and touching night out.

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