Sunday, August 27, 2006

The Lion, The Rich, And The Broadway

Broadway is the ultimate entertainment sector within New York. Offering a vast array of shows, bars, clubs and shops all nestled within an electric bustling atmosphere, this is THE place to be seen on a night out.

Mrs H and I decided that you can't visit New York without seeing at least one Broadway musical, and we eventually decided upon The Lion King as our mutual choice.

Playing at the newly restored Amsterdam Theatre on 42nd Street, this show blew us away with fantastic animatronic puppet imagery. Julie Taymor takes a straightforward Disney cartoon and re-tells the story using a cast of 46 in outlandish costumes, masks and puppets. With set-pieces that quite literally involve the entire audience (If you've seen it, you'll know what I mean), it brings a great story to life in a unique way.

"The opening number, "The Circle of Life," is among the most spine-tingling, goosebump-raising, overwhelmingly beautiful curtain-raisers in the history of Broadway musical theater."
- Chris Hewitt, St Paul Pioneer Press

We couldn't agree more...


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