I can't say whether I agree or not because I saw it in 2014 on a school trip. I was moved by it, as were my friends, and I enjoyed the show. The only thing I can comment on was that at some point early on in the show the Timon puppets hand actually fell off on stage. I think it was fixed during intermission but I can't remember for sure, so in that sense yeah maybe the puppets could use some maintenance.
I saw the show about 7 or 8 years ago and I was thoroughly disappointed as well. I try to warn anyone going to see a Broadway show that almost anything else is better. I think 40% of the problems lie with the show itself. There were not enough changes made to the book to elevate the movie script into a Broadway show, IMO. But I also distinctly remember a severe lack of talent on stage....Nala could barely carry a tune when I saw it. The thing that does surprise me, from your review, is the current state of the set/props. I guess the only thing we can do as a theater-goer is not go back?The only other thing you could do to draw awareness is tweet your feeling to the official show's twitter (and tag Disney too)...I've recently been surprised at the response a tweet like that can get - these companies hate bad PR.
I saw it years ago and felt the same thing. The show really lacks emotion.
I saw it when it first opened, and then again about 3 years ago, and felt the same thing both times. The opening number was the only thing I truly liked.
Its one of my favourite shows for sentimental reasons, however that being said I haven't seen it in NYC since 2013Surprised to hear about the sun thing, chances are that is an issue that happened there and then and therefore no time to fix it, but usually they keep that show running in good shape.Personally though I preferred the 'feel' of it back when it was in the New Amsterdam because that theatre itself was part of the experience. I just find the Minskoff so uninviting and impersonalCurious though, where were your lottery seats? do they do back row or are they random unsold seats?
I have seen both the tour and the Broadway production pretty recently. Both productions felt flat and "faded". No emotion or heart. I also find the show to be a colossal bore of epic proportions except for the opening number.
We were 3rd row from the back of the mezz, but dead center, so not sure if they were unsold or the usual location. I do know my wife and I both won, when we've entered hundreds of times before and lost every time, so I wonder if a large group canceled day-of and they decided to fill it with lotto tickets.
The biggest problem with Lion King is that it never gets better than that opening number (which mad me cry uncontrollably for reasons I'm still not sure. But there is a beauty to what is happening around you mixed with the beauty of that song).
The opening number—which is a complete triumph—is completely viewable without buying a ticket, which is why I'll never shell out a penny to see the show again:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T57kzGQGto
I'm in the minority here I guess in that I absolutely loved it when I saw it, though I never saw it on Broadway or recently - I saw it in Las Vegas back in 2009, and was wowed by everything design-wise. As for the show itself, it was what I expected and I found it an acceptable translation of the film. It was a great enjoyable night for me, and I still have fond memories of it. It is a shame if they're not having good upkeep on the stage and the set nowadays though.
TonyVincent said: - The set and costumes looked run down. The most egregious was a large rip in the accordion paper sun so it hung asymmetrically."This honestly shocked me.
I loved the opening, after that I found myself checking my watch. I wouldn't sit through this show again even if given the best seat in the house.
vfd88 said: "TonyVincent said: - The set and costumes looked run down. The most egregious was a large rip in the accordion paper sun so it hung asymmetrically."This honestly shocked me. "That seems like an easy fix. Can't they just replace it on a Monday?
^ it's entirely possible that the damage occurred moments before the top of the show, and that it's already been repaired/replaced.
I saw it in the West End in 2014 with a friend and we hated it. Okay maybe I hated it and she was really disappointed.I would say all your points are consistent with my experience in London, so I won't repeat them all. But I definitely asked myself, how are these people on this stage? Mediocre/weak singing, out-of-sync and uninspired dancing, etc. Scar was boring.Unbeknownst to me, another friend and her boyfriend saw it in 2015 here on Broadway. They hated it. Had I known, I would have warned them to not see it. She said they couldn't pay her enough to sit through it again.All four of us were excited to see it going in (because of the raves).But I have a friend from London who saw it with her whole family (all adults) -- in West End, I presume -- and loved it. I've definitely heard tourists here (NYC) about how "amazing" the show is.So... I dunno. Well, I mean, the answer to your question is "no". Fairly sure it's just what it is and always has been.
I am someone who has always been a fan of the show. However, I returned last November and was really disappointed. Firstly, let me say, the kids were wonderful. But the rest of the show.. I hate to be so negative, but let me say I left at intermission. I spent most of act 1 cringing.I also had a real issue hearing the lyrics too. Chow Down in particular was incomprehensible (to be fair, I have had an issue with that song in the past, but it was very noticeable that time). I will agree though that Circle of Life is still stunning!
but the set is not even 10 years old!
Several years ago when the Tonys were held in Radio City, the opening number was done in that setting and it was spectacular. I, too, found myself tearing up. But I have never had the slightest interest in seeing the whole show since that seemed to be the best part.
NZBOY2 said: "but the set is not even 10 years old! "Not even ten years old? The show has been running for almost 20 years. Unless they replaced the set mid run(did it get replaced when it transferred to the minskoff?) I don't believe it's only ten years old.
Agree with consensus here. Saw it years ago and then went back with a friend a few years later. My friend was stumped as to why this show has the success it has. As everyone has said, great opening number that the show never comes near again. Don't get the long run here.
Sorry my mistake http://www.playbill.com/article/circle-of-life-lion-king-reopens-at-the-minskoff-theatre-june-13-com-133141 why did they not transport one of the newer os productions
The Australian production was as boring as **** as well, stunning opening, dire from than onwards .
I loved it the aus production
Lion King was never on my list, but my parents really wanted to see it, so I took them out a few months ago ffor my dad's birthday. A few seconds into the opening number, I was openly weeping in my seat and my parents were SO confused. There's something so sweeping and emotional about it - it's really worth the experience, IMO.Of course, the rest of the show doesn't quite live up to that, but all in all, it was a fun night out. As someone who went with very low expectations, I was pleasantly surprised.
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