Lion King, A spectacular visual feast, this adaptation of Disney's much-loved film transports you to a dazzling world that explodes with glorious colors, stunning effects and enchanting music. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba, and his epic journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands. The Lion King is a Tony and Olivier Award-winning Broadway and West End musical based on the 1994 Disney animated film of the same name and is directed by Julie Taymor, portraying actors in animal costumes as well as giant, hollow puppets. The show is produced by Disney Theatrical.
The Lion King isnít the first Disney animation to become a Broadway sensation, but itís certainly the most famous. Incredible movies like Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King were actually written and animated with the Broadway features in mind, making it easy for producers to turn them into stage hits later on. After the Broadway success of Beauty and the Beast, Disney decided to take a chance on their most popular animation Ė The Lion King.
Sun rises in the Savanna with the news that Mufasa, the Lion King of the jungle has got a cub. Their loyal (and not so loyal) subjects all over the Savanna gather at the Pride Rock to greet their future lion king. It is a moment of pride for the Royal Family, bar Mufasa's brother Scar. Scar seethes at the thought of being thwarted by yet another competitor to the Lion King throne. His only hope to be the Lion King is over the dead body of his brother and nephew. Mufasa rules his kingdom with kindness and wisdom. On contrary, Scar is the archetypical baddie, and generally feared, despised and loathed. The King's subjects love their king. Mufasa teaches his son, Simba, the Circle of Life and that every thing is connected in a balance.
The battle begins, and as the lionesses and hyenas fight, Simba does battle with Scar on the summit. Scar tried to blame everything on the hyenas,who happen to overhear Scar. Obviously, they are not pleased. There is a climatic combat and Simba is thrown to the edge of the cliff. Scar jumps through the flames to finish Simba off but it is Simba who throws his uncle over the cliff edge and watches as Scar's former hyena allies devour the dictator. Simba is finally declared king and leads the Pride Lands back into times of prosperity and glory. Simba and Nala have a baby cub that is presented in a triumphant ceremony, regalia reminiscent of the film's beginning. Circle of life indeed! The final performance of the Lion King Las Vegas productionís two-and-a-half year run at Mandalay Bay ended on Friday, December 30, 2011.
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