Friday, October 21, 2011

Last Roar on 30th October – book while seats are still available!

Disney’s internationally-acclaimed musical The Lion King has astounded over 51 million people around the world, and is the resident show at Sands Theater at Marina Bay Sands. 
Day: Sunday (Somewhere in August 2011)
Time: 1400hours
Seating: B Reserve
Ticket Pricing: $165

 
Discover Disney's landmark musical 
Experience the heart-warming tale of Simba and his epic transformation from wide-eyed cub to King of the Pridelands. Brilliantly reimagined by acclaimed director Julie Taymor, The Lion King explodes with glorious colors, stunning effects and Elton John and Tim Rice’s Academy Award-winning song ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’. Winner of over 70 major international awards, The Lion King has captivated over 51 million people worldwide. 
"Experience for yourself this ‘astonishing triumph of theatrical imagination’". - London Evening Standard 
 
"A royal treat on stage." - The Straits Times 
 
Address:Grand Theater at Marina Bay Sands
 
Description
A lively stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning 1994 Disney film, The Lion King is the story of a young lion prince living in the flourishing African Pride Lands. Born into the royal family, precocious cub Simba spends his days exploring the sprawling savanna grasslands and idolizing his kingly father, Mufasa, while youthfully shirking the responsibility his position in life requires. When an unthinkable tragedy, orchestrated by Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar, takes his father’s life, Simba flees the Pride Lands, leaving his loss and the life he knew behind. Eventually companioned by two hilarious and unlikely friends, Simba starts anew. But when weight of responsibility and a desperate plea from the now ravaged Pride Lands come to find the adult prince, Simba must take on a formidable enemy, and fulfill his destiny to be king. A vibrant and exciting tale from the great creatives at Disney, The Lion King is a story of love and redemption that nobody should miss.
 
Should I See It?
What is The Lion King Like?With a pulsing spectacle driven by primal African rhythms, unforgettable tunes (including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Oscar-winning “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”) and a jaw-dropping display of exotic African wildlife brought to life onstage, there are good reasons whyThe Lion King won a half-dozen Tony Awards in 1998. Intensely physical stage work and countless visual surprises hold your attention from start to finish.
 
Is The Lion King Good for Kids?
Simba’s creepy journey into an elephant graveyard and the death of his father can be as unsettling to young viewers as they were in the original film, but if your brood can handle the movie, there’s no reason not to see it live. You can bet your bottom dollar on Disney’s reliably family friendly fare.
 
Personal Review:
I have always been a huge Disney fan and will never fail to miss any of the great productions that had been highly acclaimed and gushed about by several many others. When my family got the tickets for this landmark musical event, I was excited beyond words. This would be my first musical event I ever caught in my hometown, Singapore. Expectations were set high as this multi-award-winning musical adaptation of Disney favourite "Lion King" has finally reached the shores of Singapore. Performing in Southeast Asia for the first time after touring the world over 13 years, Singapore's Marina Bay Sands is the proud new 'home' of the Lion King produced Disney's Theatrical Productions and Base Entertainment.

In my opinion, I was a tad disappointed as the costumes was ordinary and the cast's performance was somewhat below expectations. The only impressive performance was surprisely not from "Simba" or "Nala" but rather the wise old Rafiki. In this production, it was a "she" though and her voice was powerful, strong and clear. Her singing brought about nostalgic tribual emotions and feeling across the theatre to the audience. Other than that, honestly I find this musical event kind of draggy as compared to the broadway shows I have watched in London. I will only recommend it a 7 out of 10 but this production would somehow appeal to perhaps teenagers. Overall, would still a good eye opener for them if they do not have a chance to watch such events overseas.  
 
Who is this character, Rafiki?
Rafiki is a mandrill-baboon hybrid who lives in a baobab tree and is old and wise. He performs activities which are oftenshamanistic. He tends to speak in third person when speaking of himself. Rafiki's character often serves as the visual narrator of the story of The Lion King. Robert Guillaume voices Rafiki in the three films.

2 comments:

  1. Hi spapos, have you happened to catch the wicked?
    Heard it was pretty good too but I kind of missed it :(

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