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The Lion King Reviews

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Average customer review: 4.0 star rating (4.2 Stars)

Number of reviews: 63



2.0 star rating Gregory Carpenter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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


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.

2.0 star rating RB from Los Angeles, California


What a disappointing performance. It was more on the level of Disney on Ice without the ice and skating. The sound system was poor, music did not have the impact it required especially in key parts. The performance of most of the actors was subpar, their voices not boisterous or impactful of their parts. Given the high price of the tickets, a better experience and performance would be expected. I would not recommend seeing this play until the acting, direction, and sound/music is improved.

2.0 star rating Tulu Marrs from San Francisco, California


I just saw The Lion King at the Orpheum theatre in San Francisco on Nov 29. Although the actors were talented, they produced a ho-hum performance with no heart. This is the 4th time I've seen this wonderful show. First in New York, then Toronto, then San Fran and now San Fran again. This was the poorest production. Very disappointing. Don't bother going.

1.0 star rating Anonymous from Denver, Colorado


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.

1.0 star rating Doug Bass from Rochester, New York


Terrible acting. Hollow and emotionless, the actors merely speak their lines but clearly have no idea what the words woodenly coming out of their faces mean. For too many “dramatic“ moments, they overeagerly rush their lines because they’re clearly not listening to their counterparts on stage. And almost universally, they emphasize the wrong word in each line, betraying their ignorance of what the sentence is meant to communicate and destroying the intended impact. For too many “comedic” moments, they drag on uncomfortably long, creating frustration instead of humor. It’s hard to imagine anyone actually laughing during this show without relying on familiarity with the parallel funny scenes (actually performed skillfully) in the movie. The Director made no effort to emotionally connect with the audience, didn’t seem to understand the core story, & failed to cast people who can skillfully sing at a level that justifies the ticket prices. The entire experience was very disappointing.

1.0 star rating Diana from San Jose, California


Think Mufasa, Nala, and older Simba were recovering from a cold or covid possibly? They sounded like they were out of breadth and just could not sing. Was going to take nephews/nieces for a weekend performance. But scared to spend money on what may be another uncomfortable performance by some of the main characters. It really is a shame as the young Simba, Scar, Zazoo, Pumba, Timon, Rafiki and the Hyenas all did well.

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