Written on: 09/11/2009
I had extremely high hopes before watching the show as when i was a child i had watched the lion king atleast 50 times! i am a huge disney fan, however somehow the lion king musical just didnt meet my expectations from disney.
the opening circle of life for 10 minutes was excellent and breathtaking. mufafsa and rafiki were very strong actors, however i found the child simba boring and dull to watch and listen to. the hyena scenes were unecesarily lenghty and boring and annoying. i was excited to listen to elton johns song, which wasnt sung as well i expected and was shortened! very dissapointing. i sat on the second row and paid £65 per seat, however it was indeed the worst place to sit as the stage was so high i couldnt even make out the characters simultaneously. my advice would be to sit atleast on the 10th row or behined, too close and you lose the flow.
i loved the song, he lives in you, sung sooo well by rafiki and mufasa (i would rate 3 out of 5 only for this one song). absolutely loved rafaikis character, brought to life really well. i love disney, and the lion king, but i just feel the best songs were just not portrayed as well as they deserved to be. second half was alot better and brighter than the first. first half just dragged abit, maybe because i just found the kid playing simba annoying to watch. the adult simba was good as was nala. on the whole however it was still better than the recent dissney on ice and beauty and the beast!!!