Last night, I was a lucky girl. As a present for my birthday, my boyfriend has given me the lovely gift of a ticket for a musical of my choice: no need to say we ended up at the Lyceum Theatre to see the Lion King.
The critically acclaimed musical has been on stage since the late ’90s – and, only recently, has celebrated its 15th year – and is now acclaimed as the most successful stage show of all time. No wonder why.
The opening scene with the “Circle of life”song was astonishing, and since the very first vibes (tribal percussion with African rhythms, to be more precise) I felt immersed in the atmosphere. Suddenly, various species of animals appeared into the stage from down the aisle with an elegant cavalcade: gazelles, giraffes and a gigantic elephant (in total 26 animals are represented).
The vibrant colours, the music together with the use of an experimental technique that combines African masks, Japanese Kabuki costumes and Malaysian shadow puppetry together have a powerful and energetic impact . The stage adaptation of the American director Julie Taymor has almost certainly proved to be avant-garde.
Although loyal to the original Disney animated movie, I still find it very original.
There are no big dance numbers as such, but the show tunes are impressive: The Circle of life by Elton John, Hakuna Matata and Can you Feel the Love tonight.
I have seen quite a few musicals until now and I must admit that in this instance the entire cast was phenomenal:
Speaking of the crowd, the Theatre was really packed: my seat was in the first row on the left hand side of the grand circle and this is pretty much how the view was like:
It’s definitely one of the best shows I’ve ever seen, and I would recommend it as a great night out for theatregoers of all ages.