The Lion King : 5 of 5
Seeing The Lion King on Broadway was one of the highlights of my trip to New York City with my parents, but even though we had great seats, we were almost too close to enjoy the overall spectacle of the production. My pal Melinda and I had fantastic seats for the Austin touring performance, right in the center and far enough back to enjoy the wonderful costumes parading through the aisles (although the Bass Concert Hall was definitely a little cramped for giant elephants and rhinos!). The show was fantastic to see again, and I enjoyed the music more than ever before, especially all the African chant numbers (that were added for Broadway). They are just so rhythmic and exciting, and since the two lead percussionists were setup in plain view on either side of the stage, I enjoyed them even more! All of the performers were really strong - Mufasa's voice was even deeper than James Earl Jones, Scar was really skilled at moving his incredible lion mask in front of his face, and Zazu was a flawless puppeteer (and so was everyone else). I had even forgotten a few scenes, such as when Timon almost gets eaten by a crocodile, so the whole show was full of surprises for me. The Lion King is just an amazing Broadway show, and I think it's one that everyone should see (even if you're not a Disney nut like me) again and again!