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The Lion King

Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved musicals. Back then, my favorite was “Meet Me in St. Louis,” which might be a little cliché, as I grew up just across the river from the city, but something about the singing and dancing has always captured my attention and my heart.

The Fabulous Fox. Taken while stopped at the light heading home.

During college, I spent a couple of semesters interning at Disney, where I worked backstage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I bounced between working on the parade, Tarzan Rocks (no longer a show 🙁 ), and Festival of the Lion King. Even though I wasn’t part of the cast of performers for those shows, I looked forward to just being there as part of the production team, and making sure that everyone’s costumes were “show” ready.

Over the years, I’ve attended a variety of professional performances at the Muny and the Fox (two theaters in St. Louis). Some of the more well-known shows I’ve attended in the last couple of years are: Wicked, Mamma Mia, Avenue Q, Annie, The Phantom of the Opera, Pirates, The King and I, and most recently The Lion King.

Seeing the much acclaimed Broadway version of The Lion King is something that has been on my “theater bucket list,” for a few years. When I found out that the show would be coming to St. Louis this summer, and I wouldn’t need to travel all the way to New York to see it, I was pretty ecstatic and knew I would be attending.

Sunday evening, I was able to attend with my mom and older sister Melanie, or as I like to call them “the extroverts.” This show was highly anticipated by all of us, and I was very glad to be able to see it with my sister before she leaves the city and returns back home to her family.

Having seen several musicals, The Lion King is by far my favorite so far. It was a little different from what I expected, but I loved every minute of the show.

What I didn’t enjoy, however, was the small child seated next to us who started crying and screaming during the middle of the first act of the show. I felt bad for the parents, as they ended up leaving, because they were obviously looking forward to the show, and had spent the extra money to get even the youngest member of their family a ticket to the show.

Yes, The Lion King is a kid and family friendly show, but parents might want to consider the age and behavior of their children before taking them to such events.

Naming my favorite part of the show is a hard task, as the music was fantastic, the dance numbers were spectacular, and the costumes and set design were beautiful and imaginative. I was thoroughly entertained the entire time, and wowed by the whole experience. If you’re around the St. Louis area (or nearby one of the places the show will be traveling to), and like going to the theater, I highly recommend you go see this show.

If you’ve seen the live version of The Lion King, what was you favorite part? And, if you haven’t, what is your favorite show you’ve seen, or favorite reason for going to the theater?

Responses (2)

  1. Jessica Lynn says:

    I LOVE going to the Fox Theater, and I always go see the Phantom of the Opera when it is there (our fav). I saw Lion King a few years ago, and it was also amazing. But what I found most incredible were the costumes — especially the elephant and giraffes at the beginning of the show. I mean, WOW. Don’t know if they are still doing that, but it most definitely left an impression on me 🙂

    • Katy says:

      They still have the elephants and giraffes, which were amazing– especially the baby elephant. Also, the birds and gazelles were pretty amazing.
      I liked the Phantom when we went to see it last year, but The Lion King will always hold some strange special place in my heart… probably because of spending so many days working backstage on the scaled down Animal Kingdom version of the show.

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