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The Lion King musical is the new king of the Las Vegas entertainment jungle. The Tony winning adaptation of the animated classic has been playing to sell out crowds on Broadway for over a decade, smashed box office records on a long-running national tour, and moved international audiences in countries as diverse as England, Japan, Australia, South Korea, and The Netherlands. Now the show has finally come to claim its crown in the Las Vegas jungle with a hugely successful run at Mandalay Bay, where it has completely won over audiences in a town that has grown jaded to even the grandest spectacles.
Featuring unforgettable songs by rock legend (and Vegas favorite) Elton John and directed by visionary filmmaker and visual artist, Julie Taymor, The Lion King is a feast for the ears and eyes. The stage version opens with a recreation of the film’s famous “Circle of Life” sequence, showcasing a menagerie of animals represented by puppets and elaborate costumes featuring performers on stilts. The stirring opening leaves audiences breathless, and the show never lags after that.
Retelling the film’s heroic journey of Lion cub Simba learning to grow up so he can avenge his father’s murder and take his place as the rightful king of the jungle, the story has everything: rousing adventure, tender romance, and uproarious comedy (provided by the hilarious duo of Pumba and Timon, who remind audiences to forget their worries and “Hakuna Matata”). The Lion King Musical features all the unforgettable songs from the movie, plus a few new numbers that will have audiences humming the tunes long after the final curtain falls.
The show truly is an experience that everyone in the family can enjoy. This audience favorite is not just for kids; adults and even teenagers (the most cynical of all audience members) will be powerless to resist the amazing, stirring and moving visual splendor of The Lion King Las Vegas experience.
The Lion King is the new king of the Las Vegas jungle and it redefines the idea of spectacle in a city overrun by them.