I’m a curmudgeonly, old broad, so I’m not much for musicals. My usual response is something along the lines of ‘yeesh, you couldn’t just say that?’ or ‘christ, enough with the singing already’ or ‘lemme guess, another song, right?’ What can I say; I don’t really go fo all that singing.
Originally, my husband was supposed to take our two oldest sons to see it; I was going to stay home. There were three other family members going, but one had surgery, so I got his ticket.
The opening scene was spectacular. The animals gathering at Pride Rock was a sight to behold. The giraffes, elephants, gazelles and the rhino were just amazing. The music and singing were top-notch. For the first half, I was enthralled. I had resigned to purchase season passes for the theatre and start making up for lost time. How had I gone this long without seeing musicals on a regular basis, I asked myself. I was going to start with seeing The Lion King again, move on to Mama Mia, give Evita a whirl and finish the year off with Hairspray.
At the beginning of the second half, I alternated between boredom and annoyance. I just wanted the damn thing to end. Christ, what more could there be to sing about? Move it along! I did find the formation of Mufasa’s face in the night sky to pretty moving, though. And the end was just like the beginning; all the animals gathering at Pride Rock. That was very cool.
All in all, if you’re like me and you’re not much for musicals, I still say you should see The Lion King. Rafiki’s portrayal was very creative. I think he gets my vote for best character. The dancing was great. I found Timon’s accent to be a little too New Yorkish, but Pumbaa was spot-on. I thought Simba was a little bland, but he was in the movie, too. Mufasa and Scar were very well portrayed. Nala, well, I thought she was annoying (the grown-up Nala, not the kid).
I think I will see Hairspray, though. If the show is anything like the movie, it will be tons of fun.