The first international tour of the stage adaptation of ‘The Lion King’ delivers a new dimension to the thrilling and poignant Disney classic. MANILA, Philippines — It begins with birth, and the dawn. The sky changes colors in a perfect imitation of mood rings. Animals crowd the stage, parading through the audience — cheetahs, antelopes, elephants, birds. And lions, standing proud atop a sprawling rock, presenting their new offspring for all to see. It’s a sequence many of us have seen before, imprinted on our brains since childhood. But never like this. It’s the circle of life, they sing. And it moves us all. Boy, does it move us all. From the very beginning, the stage adaptation of Disney’s The Lion King welcomes viewers to suspend their disbelief through a showcase of color, movement, sound, and pure creativity. It’s a study in organized chaos that wouldn’t be out of place in lively Manila, which is the first stop in the award-winning musical’s first international tour. With additional runs in Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, and South Africa, the tour marks all kinds of milestones: it is the 25th global production of the musical, launched in celebration of the 20th year since its… Read full this story
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