Hello my people! I’m back and better than ever! I am super excited to tell you about another adventure I had on Broadway. At the beginning of this month, my friend and I went to New York for our 16th birthday. Both of our moms came and we had an absolute blast. We shopped, went to cute diners, and saw “The Lion King.” This Broadway show has been one I’ve really wanted to check off my bucket list.
Ever since I was little, “The Lion King” has been one of my favorite childhood movies. I loved the idea that animals could talk and do whatever they pleased. This fascination made me super curious to know what the movie would look like from the Broadway stage.
The Broadway show of “The Lion King” is performed at Minskoff Theatre on 45th street. My aunt told me to make sure we purchased seats next to the aisle. Little did I know, but this was because the actors often walked by. I loved how the audience was “involved” in some aspects of the show. It made me feel as if they were telling the story just to me. We also sat pretty close to the front of the stage. I would say we were about ten rows back. While our seats were fantastic, they did come with a pretty hefty price. Seats that are closer to the front cost somewhere around the $175 range. However, it was absolutely worth it. I could see everything clear and my eyes weren’t struggling to make out the faces of the actors. I would 100% recommend getting as close to the front as you can. Also, make sure you have an aisle seat… you won’t be disappointed!
I think my favorite part out of the whole performance were the costumes. It was amazing to see how a human could look so much like an animal. From the face paint, to the designs, everything looked so real. For instance, my favorite animal was the giraffe. It took me a couple seconds to realize how it was moving, but I finally saw that someone was standing on stilts! It was incredible to watch the amount of talent and skill that was on the stage.
Of course, you can’t have a Broadway production without some music. The music in “The Lion King” is naturally beautiful, but hearing it live is completely different. If there was one word I could use to describe it, it would be breathtaking. Each time someone opened their mouth to sing, my jaw would instantly drop. “The Circle of Life” was by far my favorite song and scene.
One really unique aspect of the show was that they had two children as leading roles for half of the performance. One actor played Simba as a child and the other actress played Nala as a child. Once they both grew up during the “Hakuna Matata” song, new people stepped in. I really liked this aspect. It made me wonder how these two children could handle such a huge amount of pressure. Either way, their voices were amazing and their acting was on point.
From the set to the costumes to the music, “The Lion King” was an unbelievable show to watch. I have seen four Broadway performances in my lifetime. I would have to say “Wicked” and “The Lion King” are my two favorites. If you haven’t seen either, you should definitely add them to your bucket list. Well that all for this blog. If you have any questions please feel free to email me. Till next time, Hakuna Matata!