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Average customer review: 4.5 star rating (4.5 Stars)

Number of reviews: 43

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5.0 star rating Dottie from Saint Louis

AMAZING!

I saw the production in St. Louis the last time it was here and was blown away! This time I am bringing my granddaughters. What an incredible experience for it is so much more than simply a musical.

5.0 star rating DebS from Richmond, VA

AMAZING!

I viewed this show in NY a couple of years ago and was totally amazed of the imagery and choreography. It's easy to get yourself involved in the story as if you're right there amongst the animals. Truly a must see production for the whole family!

5.0 star rating Paula from Richmond, VA

BEST PLAY EVER

This was the best musical I have ever seen! The costumes were phenomenal, the colors breathtaking and the music/singing was exceptional. This is the only time I've planned to go for and encore - this is definitely a must see!

5.0 star rating Donna Bowe from Anytown, AT 55555

THE LION KING

This musical really rocked my world. I saw it twice in San Francisco and once in San Jose. I'll see it again soon in San Francisco for the 4th time. I LOVE this show!

5.0 star rating Nedra L. Lloyd from Houston, Tx.

LION KING BROADWAY PRODUCTION

I saw the Lion King in Houston. It was the best, live production that has ever been performed. I loved it and I am taking my 17y/o grandson to witness the experience. It was powerful, brought me to tears and it gave me goose bumps. The production was spectaular and I don't know that any live production can match it and certainly cannot top it.

5.0 star rating Bern O. from Detroit, Michigan

UNBELIEVABLE!

Right from beginning to end we were mesmerized with the music and the outstanding characters involved in this production. Our seats (aisle) were fabulous. We saw this production at the Detroit Opera House on Thursday Feb.13, 2013..Would definately go again...Thank you to all involved in this spectacul production..

5.0 star rating SASSYCATT from DETROIT MICHIGAN

MAGICAL

I SAW THIS AT THE DETROIT OPERA HOUSE ON MAR 3 2013 AND I MUST SAY THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH ADJECTIVES TO TRULY JUSTIFY THIS PERFORMANCE. THE ACTORS, THE COSTUMES, THE PERFORMANCE, THE STAGE PRESENCE, JUST TO NAME A FEW WERE BEYOND SPECTACULAR. I WAS TRANSFORMED TO A CHILD AGAIN...THE COLORS, THE MUSIC, NOTHING WAS LEFT TO CHANCE...ALL ABOVE AND BEYOND...THANK YOU CAST AND CREW GREAT JOB...A MAGICAL EXPERIENCE

5.0 star rating Stephen Denny from Seattle, Washington

AMAZING!

My wife & I saw this show in New York, the costumes, music, and performance were incredible. Can't wait to see it on our Seattle theatre stage!

5.0 star rating Janique Robinson from Chicago, Illinois

THE BEST

I saw this play a few years ago on Broadway, and this is one of the best plays ever. I've been planning a trip to New York just to take my mom to see the play, and I'm happy it's in Chicago so my family can go together. I love The Lion King play!

5.0 star rating Teresa from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

CLASSIC

Mom and I saw the Lion King live for the first time ever and we are so glad we did. Everything was spot on as far as acting, visual affects, and costumes were super cool. Also, the woman that played Rifiki had such a strong, beautiful singing voice.

5.0 star rating Cynthia DiBella from Salt Lake City, Utah

AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL

I just saw the show on 3/25 night and I was amazed! I try to make sure I see this show whenever I see it playing so this is my 3rd time and these actors did not disappoint. The monkey Rafiki way down to the little lion cub Nala I was mesmerized! Where do they find these kids! Definitely take your kids to see but also it's great for adults as well!

5.0 star rating Leslie from Providence, Rhode Island

A WONDERFUL FAMILY EVENT.

I seen this at the PPAC . I was in awww the entire time. So beautiful and exciting, a must see!! I encourage everyone to go see this !!

5.0 star rating Sharon Noto from San Francisco, California

THE LION KING

Spectacular! ☆☆☆☆☆ Will definitely attend again! :0)

5.0 star rating from Hartford, Connecticut

LION KING

The show was excellent music sing dancing excellent. Have been to this theater once before. Didn't realize when my daughter got us balcony seats hi high up and far away we would be. I am short and had Morgan room could hardly see. Wosh I spend more money for better seats. But I still enjoyed this show was wonderful.

5.0 star rating Sharonda from Dallas from Dallas, Texas

LION KING

Perfection!!! brilliantly and beautifully written!!

5.0 star rating Natalie Edwards from Dallas, Texas

AMAZING

This was my very first broadway show and I loved it. I cried actually. The opening was OMG! All the way through the show I was amazed. From the vocals to the choreography to the performance and scenes, im glad I had a chance to see this! The Lion King is my favorite cartoon movie, ever!

5.0 star rating D. Edwards from Little Rock, Arkansas

LION KING

Awesome show !! True to the movie, plus a few fun little punches for the locale where it was performed.Loved it !!

5.0 star rating V Robinson from Las Vegas, Nevada

LION KING VEGAS

Loved the show last time in Vegas awesome

5.0 star rating Laura from Birmingham, Alabama

THE LION KING

Phenomenal ! Definitely worthwhile. Acting was top notch! If you are in the area this is a must see.

5.0 star rating from Jacksonville, Florida

OPENING NIGHT SHOW

I attended opening night at the Moran. I must say WOW, extremely well put together in every aspect . From a technical standpoint and the costumes are amazing. Here’s to hoping that it’s not another 10 years until the show returns

5.0 star rating Debbie from Southern Illinois

LION KING

I saw The Lion King at the Fox in St. Louis and was blown away. I have to admit that when I first saw footage way back in the 90’s of some of the animals and costumes, I just didn’t get it. I am so glad I came around and decided to give it a chance with an open mind. My oldest grandaughter decided not to see the show with us because of some issues she has with people in costume. I would love to bring her to Kansas City for a chance to experience the wonder of it. Breathtaking and awe inspiring!! I can’t recommend it highly enough!!

5.0 star rating Sandy Rollins from Dallas, Texas

AWESOME EXPERIENCE

Saw this production on Broadway earlier this month. I have end stage cancer and this was on my bucket list. My daughter treated me to a trip to NYC, and this was the number one thing I wanted to do. I have seen many Broadway shows at other venues over the years, but I can't remember ever enjoying one as much as I enjoyed this. Awesome from start to finish. It's coming to Dallas in June and I'm determined to stay alive to be able to experience it again! I loved it!!!

5.0 star rating from Spokane, Washington

BRAVO!

How fortunate we were to have this immensely talented group of actors, and musicians, and producers bring their creativity to us, in The Lion King. I was fortunate enough to see the production twice...and both times, it was in my opinion: flawless. The actors were passionate about their roles, and it was a sheer pleasure to watch them in this magical production. Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you for including Spokane in your tour! I encourage everyone to see it if possible. We left the performance with beautiful, positive memories!

5.0 star rating Pam P. from Norfolk, Virginia

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE AND SCENIC DESIGN

Everything about the show was great including the acti9, sing6, costumes, music scores and scenic design. If you get a chance, GO SEE IT!!!

5.0 star rating Patricia Arnwine from Cleveland, Ohio

PAT: BLOWN AWAY

I was treated to the play by a friend, and I was blown away, it was fanastic. The production was top notch. I only wish I can afford to take my three granddaughters, It would be a great experience for them.

5.0 star rating Tina from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

AMAZING!!!!

Saw this production at the Benedum in Pittsburgh, Pa....AMAZING SHOW!!! My daughter has been a fan of LK since the original movie was released when she was 2 yrs old (she's now 26) and we couldn't wait to see this...the entire cast is phenomenal!!! The actress that was Rifiki did a fantastic job and young Simba and Nala were amazing actors for being so young. Would have no problem going to see it again and again.

5.0 star rating Michele Crowley from Boston, Massachusetts

LION KING BOSTON

Outstanding show, extremely talented cast, amazing sets and costumes! Goose bump producing show. Loved every minute of it! Never a down, slow moment in this show. My daughters and granddaughters loved it too, regretted not bringing my grandson. Highly recommend!

5.0 star rating Isabel from North Charleston, South Carolina

UNFORGETTABLE

To say that the performance was amazing, impressive and one of the best shows I have seen is almost an understatement. Truly something you should not miss. I doubt, in a sold out opening night, it would be difficult... if not impossible to find anyone that disagrees,

5.0 star rating Lauretta from Cincinnati, Ohio

AMAZING

I had wanted to see this stage play for years. I finally saw the show last night and I was blown away! Amazing costumes and choreography! Very nice.

5.0 star rating Nicky G from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

LION KING MKE

Just brilliant. There are several show stopping songs. I mean heartfelt and tear jerking. A couple of them were additions vs. the Disney film. The performance Will have you wanting to move to the music in your seat and sing along (which of course you cannot so as not to annoy others who are feeling the same way, LOL). Nonetheless my family and I loved every moment. If you’ve seen it before, see it again. You’ll love it as much and more. But you all knew this already. 🙂

4.5 star rating Eric Honeybear Garcia from Albuquerque, New Mexico

AMAZING SHOW

My wife went to see this show last year on Broadway and when we had the oppurtunity to see it here she said we had to go. I was glad she recommended this and made me go see it. Great audience engagement and visually stunning costumes.

4.5 star rating Anonymous from Toronto, Ontario

AWESOME SHOW! HECKLERS SHOULD BE

Bought tickets for our son and his wife. They loved it. Only really bad downside? The people behind them critiqued the show, loudly, against the movie. Where were the ushers? We attended last friday, and hoped they would be as thrilled as we were. It was a totally awesome performance..music, sets, costumes and enthusiasm ! Maybe a reminder? Or closer watch on detractorsI? I was disappointed for them.

4.5 star rating Karey K. West from Lindsay Ontario

AWESOME SHOW! HECKLERS NEED "SCAR" TREATMENT!

Not an anonymous review. We bought tickets for our son and his wife for last night. ( May 24th ). We saw the performance last friday and were totally thrilled with it. The sets, the performers, the music and costumes. The Enthusiasm was contagious...even the conductor was singing! Our son and his wife loved the show too. The downside? The loud people behind them, complaining loudly, everytime the performance didn't match the movie! REALLY? Where were the ushers? Maybe a reminder (which shouldn't be needed) to respect other theater goers? I was really disappointed for them. My son did finally lose patience, and got them quiet...but...it wasn't his job.

4.0 star rating Anonymous from Toronto, Ontario

BRILLIANT COSTUMES, LOVED THE TRIBAL DANCING!

What a fantastic show! The costumes were incredible the way they can turn a person into an animal and you hardly notice. Stage movements, singing, props, traditional african aspects...loved it all! My one and only negative: the new songs. There is much to be said in that you can tell they are just for costume changes. The hyenas do not need a 5 minute song about how theyre about to eat simba. Weve seen the movie, we know the lines off by heart, and it threw me off, personally, to hear something new.

4.0 star rating Jack Erdman from Fresno, California

LION KING

Visually stunning but could not understand lyrics to most songs or dialogue.

4.0 star rating Lynne from Peoria, Illinois

LION KING

Fantastic. The lighting , dancing, costumes, humor, surprises. Everything. Peoria vacancy be proud to get this here . Too bad people wont all go out to see the wonderful entertainment in this town

4.0 star rating Bob from Fort Myers, Florida

VISUALLY EXCELLENT.....ACOUSTICALLY DISAPPOINTING

Great show accented by terrific costumes, performances, puppets, and effects. Audio was bad. Sounded like it was coming from a single speaker in front of the stage. Could not understand lyrics of songs. Plenty loud, just garbled.

3.5 star rating Anonymous from Atlanta, Georgia

A DREAM COME TRUE

Thank you for doing this play

3.0 star rating Informed Buyer from Atlanta, Georgia

MEDIOCRE PERFORMANCE IF YOU'VE SEEN PAST PERFORMANCES

This is one my all time favorite broadway shows. I've seen it four times over the past decade in London, New York and Atlanta and this being the second time in Atlanta. If the four this was the worst! The dancers were out of sync at times, the singers were mediocre with no powerful performances or voices and the one of the hyenas showed through her own voice like sitting at a bar rather than getting into the character and voice of the animal. It's almost like they picked up a bunch of amateurs to play the roles. The sets while better than past performances were left disappointing by a woeful lack of experienced artful actors who literally pranced around with them because it was their "job". In all if you've never seen this show I would say go for it and enjoy it like most of the crowd. However if you've seen this show before or have high standards from your broadway performances then stay away or it may run your love for this beautiful masterpiece which seems to have run its time.

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.

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.

1.0 star rating Doug Bass from Rochester, New York

UTTER FAILURE

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.

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