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The Lion King Musical... A mouth-dropping experience!

I have to admit, as a big fan of The Lion King Disney film even though I actually have never seen it in the cinema (sad story, I will tell you one day), I was very sceptical about seeing the musical. I thought that there is no way somebody could create and design a musical that would be remotely close to the famous movie. I am very pleased to say that I was completely wrong.

It is very hard to describe why the musical is one of the best things I have ever seen (including Cirque de Soleil’s shows or Bianco) or to put my finger on the best part, because everything is just unique. Every scene, every character, the music and the costumes are designed with such a detail that you probably need to see the musical more than once to completely absorb it all.

The whole story is set in the plains of Serengeti and within the first notes of the opening song (‘The Circle of Life’ sang by a character called Rafiki) you will feel like you have been transported to Africa. In a couple of minutes you will be surrounded by a number of animals from elephants, through antelopes, zebras, numerous birds and even ants. At the back of the stage a bright African sun rises with such vibrant colors that you can feel the heat. All of the animals come to welcome a lion cub, Simba, who will become their king and the king of the whole of Serengeti one day. And Simba is the main character who we follow through the story full of adventure, jealousy, revenge and fights for power accompanied with great and famous songs by Elthon Jon or Hans Zimmer.

What I liked most about the musical is that it doesn’t stick to just one style in the costumes or the scenes. The costumes are designed in such a way that the actor’s body plays an important part of it and it is not completely covered, so the actors can actually express the feelings of the characters using their own facial expressions, like Simba or Mufasa do. Whereas with some other characters, like Zazu, the actor needs to use a puppet and his own body is in the background and is used more as an object that controls the puppet.

If you thought that the artist who created these scenes would only use classical stage art and use just three dimensional objects, you would be wrong. I am sure that it was not easy to imitate Africa's savannahs and nature with all the small details such as imitating the movement of the grass. As a result we can see a play of colours, lights and shadows. We can see herds of animals made from metal, birds that look like kites flying over the audience, even running rivers or a waterhole disappearing from the stage in front of the audiences’ eyes.

I don’t want to tell you more to keep the moment of surprise. The musical is really one of the best experience you can have and I would highly recommend you to see it.

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