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Touched By The Lion King

Posted Nov 04 2010 6:50am
Last month I had the privilege of attending a showing of The Lion King while in Las Vegas for Blog World Expo . I made a date with my favorite Southern gal, Supercatcalhoun and we headed to Mandalay Bay to go to the Theatre. {You have to spell and say it the proper way when it involves at least one cast member speaking in a British accent. What? You didn't know that?. Okay, maybe that's my own rule.}

It was truly an Experience. With a capital E!

If you haven't seen it and have the opportunity You.Don't.Want.To.Miss.It! And I'm not in awe just because we had fantastic seats or because those seats were complimentary, thanks to KDC Events & Mandalay Bay Resort.

I just really loved it.

The set designs, the costumes, the dancing, oh my! Really, I don't gush very often, but it worth the entire trip to see this show - it was the highlight of the weekend.

Marija Juliette Abney, Jeremiah Tatum, and Derrick Spear in the opening number “The Circle of Life” from THE LION KING Las Vegas.  ©2009, Disney.  Photo Credit:  Joan Marcus.

I did spend a lot of time wishing that Austin could have enjoyed it too. I'm not sure he could have lasted through the entire sitting without fidgeting, but I'm sure he would have love it. What makes me so sure? He is obsessed with Disney movies and The Lion King is one of his Top 5 favorites.

Despite, or perhaps because of, the fact that I have seen the movie about 10 million times, give or take, I found myself really enjoying the live performance from start to finish. I knew what parts were coming up next and never once had to consult the program {Thank You, Austin.) And the really fantastic part was seeing how they made every aspect of the story come to life, right before your eyes.

I loved that they added in some new musical numbers and I enjoyed the classics as well. It was really phenomenal to see the characters "in real life". I especially Timon & Pumba's on stage time, they were a riot!

Now time for a confession: I hate musicals. I do. People busting out in song for no good reason really annoy me. I am pretty sure I am the only person I know who doesn't watch and love Glee, but that is another story.

This, however, wasn't your typical was Magical. I was in complete awe of the pageantry and overall experience. The Lion King may have changed my mind about musicals, I'd see it again in a heartbeat.

If you are heading to Vegas, you can catch the show until December 2011 .


On a side note, I read a story in the LA Times about one of the cast members who died of Leukemia, 11 year old  Shannon Tavarez played young Nala on Broadway for 6 months. Please say a prayer for her family, as always it's sad to hear of someone losing their child.

Thanks for peeking,

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