Review: The Lion King at Mandalay Bay

October 25, 2010 by

North America

The Lion King show at Mandalay Bay is an identical rendition of the highly acclaimed 1994 Disney film and dazzles with its extraordinary cast, exceptional musical production and emotional storyline.

The Lion King

The Lion King

Act I begins with delight and excitement as the audience is taken to the African savanna in Pride Rock. The Circle of Life performance features performers who ascend from the audience, resembling giraffes, antelopes and an elephant standing more than 10 feet tall. Together, they meet up at the stage and present young Simba to the audience.

The Lion King takes you through the journey of Simba and his phenomenal growth. Along the way, be reintroduced to the film’s characters: Scar, Mufasa, Nala, Zazu, Rafiki, Timon and Pumbaa. The actors playing these characters not only have to act with their African-style masks, but they also have attached puppets which makes their movements realistic.

The Lion King

The Lion King

As Simba grows up, he learns that he will be next in line to be king with the song “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” which he performs with young lioness Nala and Zazu. His evil, mischievous uncle Scar plots to kill his brother Mufasa and succeeds, having no remorse for what happened.

Simba finds it hard to cope with the death of his father and runs away from Pride Rock and reaches a jungle where he meets Timon and Pumbaa. The two bring laughter and joy to the show with their witty comedy and dialogue. Trying to cheer Simba up, the dynamic duo sing the most recognized song from the film: “Hakuna Matata.”

In Act II, Simba is all grown up and decides to return to Pride Rock. He sees the demise of his beloved home and seeks revenge to claim what is rightfully his: his reign as king. Towards the end, the audience is treated with exceptional performances to the songs “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “He Lives in You,” and concludes with an ensemble from the entire cast.

The Lion King is unlike any other show. Most shows use special effects but the Lion King delivers with its electrifying scenery, unique costume designs and breathtaking performances. Don’t miss your chance to see one of the most popular shows on Broadway live in Las Vegas!

Chanelle Hayes

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