Disney's The Lion King Musical in Austin

April 09, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

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The story of Disney’s musical “The Lion King” of almost 25 years is so well known that it hardly bears a summary. A young Lion, Prince Simba (Jaylen Hunter), leaves the African court in shame, believing he is responsible when his uncle, Scar (Spencer Placity), murders his father, King Mufasa (Gerald Ramsey). He is raised in a self-imposed exile by Timon (Nick Cordileone) and the warthog, Pumbaa (John Brady), while Scar marries Mufasa’s widow, usurps the throne, and imposes tyranny on pride-rock. When Simba (Darian Saunders) reaches adulthood, he runs across his childhood friend Nala (Kayla Cyphers). With the help of the baboon, Rafiki (Gugwana Dlamini), she persuades him to return to Pride Rock, confront the past, and claim his destiny.

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This is a well-acted musical with clear, powerful singing and great Ensemble singers and dancers. Act One is approximately 70 minutes, Act Two is about 60 minutes, and a 15-to-20-minute intermission. If you liked either one of the Lion King movies, you would love the musical.

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The musical score in the background is by Elton John and Tim Rice, with additional musical material by Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor, and Hans Zimmer.

Disney’s six-time Tony Award® “The Lion King” will continue at Bass Concert Hall as part of their Broadway in Austin series through April 24th, 2022.


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