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The Lion King Reviews

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Average customer review: 4.5 star rating (4.4 Stars)

Number of reviews: 54

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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.

4.0 star rating MJB from Tempe, Arizona

LION KING REVIEW

I saw the Lion King last night pin Tempe for the 3rd time. There have been some changes to the script and choreography (no aeiral dance in "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"). Some of the songs were abbreviated, and the actors (Mufasa, Nala and Simba) were not as strong in singing and acting. They did not project well and we could not hear them well from our balcony view. Rafiki, Timon, Pumba and Scar were by far, the best - in character - projected well. We had balcony seats which were expensive and I would not recommend them. Not worth the price. We sat directly under the spotlight operator (why do they charge so much for these seats????) I would definitely see the show again despite the above. The music, color, culture, choreography, humor positive energy and pure joy that the show exudes brings people together in loving ways. People left happy and overjoyed. After so many years of darkness, I'm glad that the Lion King is back to lift our spirits.

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.

3.0 star rating Kim winkler from Stockton, California

GREAT PERFORMANCE; LOUSY EXPERIENCE

The play was wonderful - visually spectacular and with the exception of a couple of performers, well executed. The experience overall, however, was awful!! First of all, there are supposed to be no young children, yet there were a multitude - talking, asking a million questions, etc. That’s why they have matinees! Don’t bring young kids to evening performances! Second, the crowd clearly is unaware of theater etiquette! So many phones on, smart watches, etc. Why pay that much for a ticket if you aren’t interested in watching?! Then there were the multitude of people coming in late with flashlights blaring, walking over everyone! Why? If you can’t be on time for the curtain, watch from the lobby! People talking, changing seats, technical difficulties that brought down the curtain, attendants’ walkie-talkies going off loudly…it was absolutely ridiculous!The theater needs to get its act together, and people who don’t really want to watch the show need to go to a freaking movie! instead!!!

3.0 star rating Fernando from San Diego, California

GREAT PERFORMERS, FAKE ORCHESTRA?

My wife obviously loved it but because she could not tell that the orchestra was pretending to play music. They didn't even do a good job. The percussionists (2) are stationed close to the stage away from the orchestra. You could easily tell that they were hired on the spot and they were trying to learn the songs. Yeah, they may actually be playing since it is hard to play a drum or a timbale and not be heard... but they may have played 60% of the notes. It is hard not to see them since they are on elevated platforms and can easily be seen from the mezzanine.

3.0 star rating RW from San Diego, California

GOOD BUT NOT GREAT

Sound was not strong, actors were not into the performance, often out of sync and fast cadence in speech and song. Some singers overpowered others and speech was difficult to hear and not well enunciated. Seems like some things were very much abbreviated. Was not as breath taking as the one on broadway 18 years ago. Still the costumes were beautiful and I just love the musical overall.

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