|Brown Lindiwe Mkhize as “Rafiki” in the opening number “The Circle of Life” from THE LION KING National Tour. ©Disney|
There is truly nothing like seeing the creative spectacle that is The Lion King live on stage. Tony award winning visionary, Julie Taymor creatively pushes theatrical boundaries as she brings wild animals of the jungle to life through intricate manipulations of puppets and shadow puppetry in her artistically dazzling adaptation of Disney's hit movie musical.
Themes of betrayal, loyalty, redemption, and love are explored as the young lion cub, Simba is blamed for his beloved father Mufasa's death by his villainous uncle Scar. Scar's plan of assuming the kingship of Pride Rock is thwarted when the once exiled Simba returns to claim his rightful place as true king.
|Jelani Remy as “Simba” from THE LION KING National Tour. ©Disney.|
|Jelani Remy as “Simba” and the ensemble in “He Lives in You” from THE LION KING National Tour. ©Disney.|
The Lion King is a groundbreaking musical worth seeing for Taymor's brilliant innovation in theatrical staging alone. Children and adults alike will be captivated, inspired even, by the enchanting, regal sights that unfold before them.
Starring Jelani Remy, Patrick R. Brown, L. Steven Taylor, and Nia Holloway
Directed by Julie Taymor
Music and lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice
Book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi
Choreography by Garth Fagan
The Lion King plays at the Princess of Wales Theatre until June 15, 2014.
Photos by Joan Marcus