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the lion sleeps tonight

but I might not, because I've just come from "The Lion King" on Broadway and I'm all fevered with unforgettable lighting images ... amazing that it's been here for ten + years and I'm just catching up with it now. I sat next to a family and turned them on to who Julie Taymor is and how some of the rehearsal and costume design development had proceeded.

Elton John and Tim Rice, with their music, go pretty well with the lighting also.

Shows what can be done when when your boss is Walt Disney. The original show opened in a theatre that he had totally torn down and rebuilt especially for the show. They spared no expense, and now that the tix are mostly 110 USD each, and the new theatre seats thousands, the income must be enormous. Just for tonight .....

And the message is great, too: hold true to your ideals and follow your destiny through whatever darknesses you find yourself in and kill whatever hyenas snap at you. Real ones and puppet ones.

Also: Listen To Girls. Listen Again.

But I knew that one already, heh.


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Jul. 4th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
I saw the Toronto production of this years ago, and was floored. I absolutely love the costume design in particular - the cheetah puppet, Rafiki, the lions, and Zazu! They're so excellent.
Jul. 5th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
Well, Garfield isn't exactly a King, but he's the right family =)

They're getting another production ready for Taipei, opening this fall. Besides the giraffes, my faves are the antelopes, a herd of them on the three-wheeled platform operated by one puppeteer --- after Scar has taken over the kingdom, they reappear again, same three wheels and same puppeteer, but this time they're all skeletony.

There were so many lions, too --- a whole dance corps in perfect sync with lion heads on top of each of their own ...

I guess my fave movement [surely duplicated elsewhere, in other cities] is where the two kids are wrestling and she pins him down on the stage floor; then he jumps up all fried, because after all he is the King's son and a ***male***, for goodness' sake --- and she pins him again. The movement is stylized dance, they hardly actually touch at all. Flash forward to new actors years later, she's tall and willowy and he's all big beefcake by now, and they have a big and physical debate about life goals and she pins him twice again.

I have the belief that this is going to register in the subconscious [at least] of lots of little grrls!
Jul. 5th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
In the production I saw, the antelopes were each controlled by a different puppeteer. It was pretty magical, really! The giraffes I don't remember so well - it's been years and years since the production was in Toronto.
Jul. 5th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
Cool, dialtag...there were at least one pair of adult antelopes, guess the tricycle thingies were representing a herd of babies protected by a teenage antelope :)

Possibly the tix were not as pricey there as here, but ... well, you never know! These animals were eating a lot of green grass :P
Jul. 4th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
I love the Lion King. Good memories. Saw it with my grandma when I was little (the cartoon movie, that is). I didn't go see the theatrical production when it came to town though.
Jul. 5th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
Oooooh Kala, you reallyreally have something to look forward to. The magic of live theatre! The voices of the soloists, and the choristers, were excellent and nuanced and powerful.

So, someday, hopefully ... !!
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