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Written by Scott Lewis   
Oct 06, 2013 at 06:27 PM

The Lion King arrived in Dallas this week as the annual Family Friendly offering of the Dallas Summer Musicals for the State Fair.  The show has quite a pedigree and a who's who of creative talent behind its' creation.

The show begins boldly yet simply, with a single character, the incomparable Brown Lindiwe Mikhize as Rafiki.  Her amazing vocal ability gives the impression she really does not need the amplification  provided to take her voice to the furthest reaches of the theater.  The addition of two male vocalist on either side of the theater build the boldness of the opening but cannot prepare you for what is to come.  What comes next is the most amazing, awe inspiring opening number I have experience in my years of attending Broadway shows.

The animals of Africa enter the stage from every direction, many from the back of the house, strolling down the aisles-the height of drama for the many young audience members, though no less impactful on the grown ups in the room.

While there is not a weak link in the cast Mikhize holds the room in her hands anytime she graces the stage.  Nick Cordileone as Timon disappears behind his puppet and in doing so breathes life into the puppet shining the focus on Julie Taymor's incredible creation.



















While the cast shines without exception the real star here are the unprecedented Puppet and costume designs.  Never before or since has a stage show brought to life an animated feature in such an exciting and creative way.  In the opening number as giraffe's enter the stage I at first thought them to be robotic-the puppeteers operating them were so masterfully incorporated into the puppets as to be undetectable.



While Elton John is credited with the music, he and his past must have at the very least been inspiration for Taymors one of a kind incredible costumes.

John and musical partner Tim Rice give us a musical score with such classic tunes as “Circle of Life”, Hakuna Matata” and “Circle of Life”.

Lion King joins Les Miserable and Wicked as one of the three greatest theater experiences I have ever had.  I took my nine year old niece, but whether you have a young one to take, or just are young at heart “The Lion King”  Is not to be missed.

The Lion King is Dallas Summer Musicals State Fair offering playing through October 20th.  Tickets are $50-$115 and available through Ticketmaster.  I will warn you there are very few tickets left for the run of the show.

Coming next to Dallas Summer Musicals is White Christmas, this is a feel good Christmas experience that will have you leaving the theater ready and excited for December 25th.


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