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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: 55

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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.

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.

1.0 star rating Diana from San Jose, California

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10TH 2022 PERFORMANCE

Think Mufasa, Nala, and older Simba were recovering from a cold or covid possibly? They sounded like they were out of breadth and just could not sing. Was going to take nephews/nieces for a weekend performance. But scared to spend money on what may be another uncomfortable performance by some of the main characters. It really is a shame as the young Simba, Scar, Zazoo, Pumba, Timon, Rafiki and the Hyenas all did well.

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