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Sarah J from Anytown, AT 55555
That's true. And many of the ways in which it was adapted were brilliant, especially from the perspective of set-design. I actually really enjoyed the "Lionesses' Hunt", and many of the new numbers which added flavour to the setting. HOWEVER other additions, and interpretations of the original material, ended up giving the production the subtlety of a slap to the face, and ran dangerously-close to amateur. What was the point of Timon falling in the river, except to point out something which the actor had failed to convey in the stars scene: that Simaba's begining to feel uneasy at being care-free, that he's yearning to fill the gap which should've been filled by his destiny. What was the point of Scar morphing into Judge Claude Frollo to lust after young Nala, when Nala could've easily decided to hell with his politics, I'm going to look for help? The wilderbeast scene (probably for health and safety reasons) lacked any visceral quality (cont. in following post)
Sarah J from London, UK
(CONTINUED REVIEW PART 3) MORE AVERAGE AS TIME GOES BY...
Anyway... I guess I should wrap up. It's not all bad. The dancing and singing is brilliant, even if I disliked many of the banally obvious lyrics in the English-language additions. I'm sure you could enjoy this show for what it is: a West End adaptation of a Broadway musical via Disney. But for anyone looking for the depth which is present in the film, you'll be disappointed. If the script is as deeply ingrained in your head as it is mine, you'll find it jarring, and at times, a poor replica. If however, you love spectacles, over-heart-wrenching power tunes beautifully sung, and you can barely remember the film, I'm sure this show-stopper will push all the right buttons and leave you well pleased. Even so, I can't help feeling that the actors and production as a whole, have gotten a little too cosy with their success. Whether subconsciously or not, I felt they were in too much of a hurry to get the job done, and perhaps that's just a sign that a show's been on for too long.
M Barnes from London,
NOT LIKE IT USED TO BE
I saw Lion King in London about 6 years ago and it was without doubt one of the best shows I had ever seen. I returned last night and was sorely disappointed. The quality of singing by young Simba and young Nala was school production grade and Scar was not much better. At eye wateringly high prices, the whole cast should be outstanding. Clearly this is a big money making machine, but poor value for money. Costumes still fantastic but does not justify the highest prices in the West End.
Peter from London
OH I JUST CAN'T WAIT TO GO HOME...
The hype surrounding this show had me anticipating a spectacle of colour and amazing choreography. Colourful it was, and some of the staging was impressive, but the poor singing, wooden acting and out of tune orchestra meant that I didn't enjoy it at all. There were plenty who did (including my 5 year old grand-daughter) but I was incredibly disappointed. There were some redeeming factors - the puppetry was OK (although nothing particularly innovative), some of the animals were impressive (giraffes and hyenas especially) and some of the cast had good voices, but I would not recommend it to anybody above the age of 8 or who has a modicum of taste. Spend your money on something else.
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Bringing such an epic landscape to life on the stage is quite a feat of creative skill that has yet to be matched anywhere else on stage.
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