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Saturday, 16 February, 2013 11:34 AM

'The Lion King' is a big hit at the Detroit Opera House

Photo credit: Joan Marcus / Disney

J. Remy and ensemble in “He Lives in You.” THE LION KING National Tour.

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

 

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DETROIT -- Broadway's award-winning best musical, The Lion King, is back in the Motor City at the Detroit Opera House. It is one of the most popular touring productions currently on the road. AmericaJR.com went on Feb.15, 2013 and the place was packed. Not a single seat was empty. Adults and kids alike sat impatiently waiting for the show to start.

The curtain rose and the sun was rising on the savanna. The giraffes, elephants and hyenas came running down the aisles of the theatre to the stage. High atop Pride Rock, Mufasa, the Lion King, (played by Dionne Randolph) and Sarabi, the Queen (played by Tryphena Wade) introduced their newborn son Simba to all the animals. Scar, Mufasa's resentful brother, (played by Timothy Carter) is jealous that Simba will be the future king. He wants that title for himself.

Time goes on and Simba grows into a cocky young cub, getting into trouble. His father tells him "Everything lives in delicate balance called the Circle of Life, you must respect all creatures."

Scar plots a plan to kill Simba and Mufasa so that he can rule the kingdom. He creates a stampede, where the wild beasts rush to the stage and Simba grabs onto a tree branch for safety. Simba is convinced he killed his father and he leaves the Pridelands and heads for the jungle and makes new friends. Simba meets Nola and realizes their romantic feelings. The song "Can you feel the love tonight" is sung.

In the meantime, the Pridelands become dry and lifeless under Scar's rule. Simba returns to Pride Rock and Scar cannot believe he is still alive. Scar finally admits that he had caused his father's death. As Simba is overcome with rage, he leaps towards Scar and grabs him by the throat. A battle ensues. Then Simba flips his uncle over the side of the cliff.

As the sun comes up, Simba climbs to the top of Pride Rock and his friends come forward acknowledging him as the new Lion King. All the animals rejoice as the Circle of Life continues.

The play/musical portrays a lot of African tradition. The costumes and masks are very unique and creative. Human beings wear animal attire and are puppets which are controlled by themselves. The puppeteers operate the hands with a rod and some are operated by more than one person. One handles the arms, and the other manipulates the legs. They are human animals. There is a human face behind the mask to reveal facial expression so you can clearly see their expression or attitude. The masks are worn over the head instead of over the face.

The costumes have African-styled beadwork, corsets, armor and some are made of cloth.

There is also shadow puppetry. Fingers twisted in front of a light beam which can create different animal shapes.

The sets and lighting are exceptional. Pride Rock creates happiness and full of life and the Elephant graveyard represents death and danger. There were countless set changes which make this musical so interesting.

The music incorporated five songs by composer Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice. Africa is home to many cultures, and the music is an important part of everyday life. Songs were written to entertain, teach, encourage, mourn and heal. It is a form of expression in order to tell a story.

I thought is was a great musical and would definitely recommend it.

The Lion King returns for a four-week engagement from February 13 to March 10, 2013. The Detroit Opera House is located at 1526 Broadway in Detroit. There are evening performances along with Saturday and Sunday matinees. Tickets are now on sale at the Fisher Theatre Box Office, Detroit Opera House Box Office and all ticketmaster locations or by phone at 1-866-870-2717 and online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets start at $25.00.

Related Story: REVIEW: 'LeCage Aux Folles' is fabulous at Detroit's Fisher Theatre

 

Photo credit: Joan Marcus / Disney

The Tree of Life from THE LION KING National Tour.

 

Photo credit: Joan Marcus ©Disney

Syndee Winters as “Nala” and “The Lionesses” in “Shadowland.”

 

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