• Carol A. Gerner


Updated: Aug 29, 2020

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LONG LIVE THE KING! Disney’s THE LION KING The World’s #1 Musical as come to the Burgh and let me just say we are better off because of it. This pulse pounding production was by far the best thing from Broadway I have ever seen.

Opening Night

The cast which included characters: Young Simba (played by: alternated between Richard Phillips, Jr. and Walter Russell III) Young Nala” (played by: alternated between Brilyn Johnston and Celina Smith) Simba (played by: Jared Dixon), Nala (played by: Nia Holloway) , Mufasa (played by: Gerald Ramsey) and Scar (played by: Spencer Plachy) were brought to life on the Benedum stage.

Mufasa, Simba & Nala Masks

I was in awe of how the show was able to bring you into the Pride Lands with the sights and sounds of Africa. There are 6 indigenous African languages sung and spoken throughout the show: Swahili, Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Tswana, Congolese. The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s songs from the Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice. South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from “Rhythm of the Pride Lands,” an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer.  The resulting sound of The Lion King is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award®-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” to Lebo M’s rich choral numbers.

Scar with Mask

Rafiki who was played by: Buyi Zama was phenomenal! That woman knows how to grab her audience. Hearing her voice will bring you to your knees. She is a Queen!

Credit: https://www.lionking.com/about

Everything about this show was amazing. The show’s director, costume designer and mask co-designer Julie Taymor continues to play an integral part in the show’s ongoing success. The first woman to win a Tony Award for Direction of a Musical, Taymor continues to supervise new productions of the show around the world. You Go Girl!

I was able to bring my 70 year old aunt who has never been to a Broadway show. She is such a important woman in my life. To see her eyes light up was truly a blessing. What a great show to bring too. She absolutely loved it!

Me and Aunt Connie

Me, Jacob, Zazu & Puppet Master Michael Reilly

Lion King will play for four weeks through September 29. For more information on how to get your tickets click here. I promise you will not be disappointed.

Cherrio! -Carol

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