THE LION KING Quick Review

THE LION KING presented by Broadway in Cincinnati through Feb. 2. I attended the opening Thursday night performance. 

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Gerald Ramsey as Mufasa. ©Disney. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Disney’s THE LION KING has been running on Broadway for over 22 years and touring since 2002. Based on the animated movie, Tony-award winning director and costume designer Julie Taymor’s imaginative and ground-breaking stage adaptation continues to enthrall audiences of all ages. Such was the case with last night’s fourth engagement at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center.

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Spencer Plachy as Scar. Copyright Disney. Photo by Deenvan Meer.

Visually the show is stunning. The costumes, the masks, the puppetry, the sets…I think you get the idea. It is a theatrical experience like no other. The quality of the performances always impresses as these iconic roles continue to attract a cast of top notch performers.

My rating: 5 out of 5.

A note to parents: While the run time of the animated film is under 90 minutes, the stage adaption (with intermission) can come close to the three hour mark. Judge your children’s attention span accordingly.

Click here for more information on the production.

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