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“The Lion King” Still Rules

Harry Hamm
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I’ve seen “The Lion King” several times, and it never disappoints. The overture and the opening number involve the audience with a charisma and spirited, celebratory performing personality that is positively joyful. There’s wisdom and wonderful, ground-breaking creativity that never ceases to amaze and entertain. The show’s staging and production design is magical.

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The story is based on the film of the same title from 1994. However, as a piece of musical theater with a cast of 49 and a challenging state-of-the-art puppet ensemble, the story of the lion cub Simba and his father, King Mufasa, takes on a very personal temperament. As Mufasa’s evil brother Scar sets up a plot to kill Mufasa and make it look like Simba’s fault, an age-old family drama ensues set amidst the Pridelands where they all live, and a future of justice and wrong made right must be sought.

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You won’t find a cast this size that is so uniformly excellent as the cast of “The Lion King” now on stage through September 2 at The Fox.

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Standouts are Dionne Randolph as Mufasa, Brent Harris as the evil Scar and Syndee Winters as Nala. The younger performers in the cast opening night, Zavion J.Hill and Kailah McFadden displayed acting maturity well beyond their years.

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The cast of “The Lion King” are in the aisles and on the stage. This show involves the audience on many levels, all of them successful. For families and theater lovers of all ages, there’s not a more entertaining and thrilling show than “The Lion King.”

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