4 Avril 2015 – The Lion King (The Lion King) – Lyceum Theatre, London
The Lion King. I can not explain how I waited for this moment. To tell you all, it was even part of " 100 THINGS TO DO "in my life. Yes, I am of those who make such lists ! LOL. In the article I had written on the old version of this blog about my favorite movies, I had placed " The Lion King " in my Top 3 : it is an absolute success both in terms of narrative or achievement. And the soundtrack is worship : I saw this weekend in London, but also to the cinema when the film emerged 2012 : we know all the songs by heart, they are an integral part of our childhood, I dare say our "heritage". Short, I ended up organizing this trip and I hope to honor this show in the few lines that follow.
I was moved to tears at the curtain raiser : voices of Brown Lindiwe Mkhize (friend) resonates on « Circle Of Life », the scenery that comes to life before our eyes, the actor-puppeteers who are entering the public environment : we can only be taped so much beauty. And the show is like that ! The staging is of inventiveness and subtlety as I have rarely seen. It is a constant wonder. I especially liked the rush of animals before the death of Mufasa and his return as a spirit for the song « He Lives in You ».
The show follows the course of the film while allowing some digressions with the original version. I think of the sequence where Zazu is enclosed by Scar in a cage and sing her songs as annoying « It’s a Small World ». The bird directory has changed since 1994, he now bestows a thunderous « Let it Go », the title song of "The Snow Queen". It's the same for Timon & Pumbaa who swapped their Hawaiian dance for a show of traditional Irish tap dancing to the "Lord of the Dance" that not also plays far from the Lyceum Theater.
The show is full of discoveries of all kinds. The makeup and costumes are gorgeous. The actors have an incredible talent. Short, you say except that magic works ? I have only one desire : to go back there ! Certainly, the seats are expensive (we payed 96 euros each to be in the front row of the balcony and it was not the most expensive tickets), but the show's totally worth ! I still have stars in our eyes !
Trailer "The Lion King"