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The Lion King Reviews

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Average customer review: 4.5 star rating (4.3 Stars)

Number of reviews: 58

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3.0 star rating RW from San Diego, California

GOOD BUT NOT GREAT

Sound was not strong, actors were not into the performance, often out of sync and fast cadence in speech and song. Some singers overpowered others and speech was difficult to hear and not well enunciated. Seems like some things were very much abbreviated. Was not as breath taking as the one on broadway 18 years ago. Still the costumes were beautiful and I just love the musical overall.

3.0 star rating Meghan Carlson from Chicago, Illinois

WONDERFUL PERFORMANCE, ANNOYING EXPERIENCE

What a beautiful show!!! Broadway! How Fun! Why can’t they dedicate certain performances just for families or certain performances just for adults only??? Shouldn’t there be some way to maybe even designate certain sections?? Adults wanting to enjoy a special outing just to have a small child kick your seat, knock you in the back of the head, and yammer all during the performance is So disappointing and a waste of time, effort, and money. Why are families with obnoxious children allowed to ruin other’s experience?

3.0 star rating Joshua from Fort Worth, Texas

NOT BAD; NOT A MUST-SEE

The two biggest strikes against this production are its lack of emotional power and its reliance on audience members having seen the movie it is based on. It is an abstract adaptation, which makes for interesting visuals but muddled storytelling. A lot of the jokes are sophomoric and lack any subtlety or cleverness. The show tries to cater to younger audiences more than it needs to. The production design, however, is top-notch and is a pleasure for anyone who enjoys costuming, sets, and puppetry. Most of the music is pulled straight from the Elton John soundtrack, and your mileage may vary, but the songs that are new to the show are outstanding. I would not discourage anyone from seeing this, but it is not quite the show-stopping tour de force the hype would have you believe. If you do not already possess an intrinsic desire to see a retelling of the animated movie, this will not change your mind.

2.0 star rating Ta from Honolulu, Hawaii

LION KING HAD NO ROAR.

I have seen musical productions in New York and Baltimore. I can only say that as a musical, this wasn't well executed. Garbuled words, limited range vocals, with the exception of the witch doctor, and poor acting , child actor especially. Felt like I was watching production with all the understudies. Not impressed at all. Stage too crowded and dancing erratic and very little synchronization when it was called for. Some comic relief toward end, otherwise a boring event.

2.0 star rating Gregory Carpenter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

LACKLUSTER LION KING

We attended one of the final shows in Milwaukee on March 1. We came away disappointed. We have seen Broadway productions of this show three times and this one did not measure up. The visuals remain as stunning as always. Mukelisiwe Goba as Rafiki was fabulous. Beyond that the characters (we assume many understudies as an additional cast list was included) lacked commitment and offered lackluster performances. Seemed like they were going through the motions and failed to reach across the orchestra pit more often than not.

2.0 star rating JB from Chicago, Illinois

DISAPPOINTED

Costumes were fabulous but sound was poor. Couldn’t understand and relied heavily on reading the close-captioned dialogue. Mufasa didn’t seem like his microphone was working if he had one. Wanted to love it but sadly did not.

1.0 star rating Anonymous from Denver, Colorado

OK FOR ANYONE UNDER 10

I know it's a minority opinion, but I found this very boring. The costumes were not what I would expect from a Disney production. I think it would be a great show for kids, but just not my cup of tea.

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