It seems logical that a musical sprung out of the 1994 Disney film The Lion King. The film featured music by Elton John and Tim Rice. It went on to have as much success on the stage as it did on the screen. The film won an Oscar Award for the song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and it also won six Tony Awards in 1998, including for Best Musical. It has been a winning production from beginning to end.
On stage in front of your eyes you will feel like you are on the Serengeti. All the animals of Africa come alive. Lions (of course!), giraffes, birds, and gazelles are just some of the animals that you will see. The costumes are marvellous and the actors playing the animals are so in tune with them that they move exactly like them. A feast for your eyes.
As mentioned the music is moving and epic. You will hear the pulse of African beats and moving ballads sung by beautiful voices.
Some of the story (elephant grave, death of Musafa) can be frightening for young ones, but if they saw the film it should be no problem seeing the stage production. It is a Disney production, so you know it is family friendly.
The story is of a young male lion born on the African Pride lands. Simba is born into a royal family with his father Musafa being the king. Being young and precocious, Simba spends his time playing and having fun without a thought to his future responsibilities. Then tragedy strikes and the evil uncle Scar kills Musafa. Simba flees. Away from the only land and home he has known, Simba meets up with and becomes fast friends with two unlikely creatures. When a plea comes from the ravaged Pride lands that he must come home and fulfill his princely duties, the now adult Simba must see if he has the stuff required to be king.
The show is presented in English with French subtitles.
-Dates: September 1-7, 2014
-Venue: Place des Arts – Salle Wilfrid Pelletier
-Ticket Purchase: www.billeterie.placedesarts.com
-Ticket Prices: $51.99, $66.53, $79.58, $92.63, $140.47 (plus taxes)
-Show Times: Matinees: 1:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m.
Evenings: 6:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. or 8:00 p.m.