“Seen by over 70 million people, Disney’s landmark musical event The Lion King is a worldwide phenomenon that will redefine your expectations of theatre. Brilliantly re-imagined by acclaimed director Julie Taymor, Disney beloved film is transformed into a spectacular theatrical experience which has won over 70 major international theatre awards. Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains, this breathtaking production explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and unforgettable music including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Circle of Life, Hakuna Matata and the academy award winning Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” … From the website of the Lion King Production.
The show started last December 2013 and we got our bookings for the January 2014 show. At first I didn’t have any interest at all in watching this show and I have had even a doubt if I have to go or back out from the booking and let others fill in the slot. I already had watched the movie and I said that there is no need to watch it again, even in theatre or play.
But then, I was told that this is totally different, and so, I decided to watch it after all.
At the entrance of the Capitol Theatre in Sydney where it was shown, huge posters of the Lion King Show in different settings were on the wall advertising its spectacular and majestic show and then people were taking photos of them making those posters as the backgrounds. There were more heaps of people on queue as we got further into the door leading to the auditorium where our tickets were scanned which means, I said to myself, this will surely be fully packed with spectators. Indeed it was, all seats were taken.
The Capitol Theatre was also fantastic and it was my first time to be here. It’s a theatre with a touch of the early 1800s architecture or built. I went into the website of the theatre and had dug in a rich history, from the day it was constructed and used, until now. The theatre is the best venue for a theatrical show such as the Lion King.
As the show started, I was totally amazed at the costumes of the actors and actresses, the music produced by the orchestra, the rumbling of drums, lightings, props or choreography, and many more; they’re so awesome and majestic! As the show went on, the more you’ll feel the beauty and professional handling of all the show’s characters, singing, dancing, and acting. They’re the combination of best minds to produce an awesome theatrical and musical show. This awesome theatrical performance continued until the show was finished, spectators couldn’t wait to clap their hands in their great admiration and appreciation every after acts or play.
As the website portray in their advertisement, I am here giving a five star appreciation to this awesome and spectacular show, a show that shouldn’t be missed out, you’ll indeed enjoy and it’s worth the money you paid for. Julie Taymor, the visionary behind the Lion king, is the Costume Design, Mask and Puppet Design, and the Director, a one of a kind very talented woman.
At home, I had to read their brochures that list down the actors and actresses that performed, who they are and where they came from and a short caption of their theatrical history, etc. I did also watch behind the scenes video of how the show evolved and how they chose their characters and many more.
Lion King has been around the world for some time – in Amsterdam, Canada, North America, Mexico, Ireland, Spain, Brazil, South Africa, Germany, Korea, Taiwan, China, Holland, France, Japan, Singapore and here in Australia (Sydney and Melbourne).