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The Lion King At The Belk Theater

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Broadway’s The Lion King is a stage adaption of the 1994 Disney film. It tells the story of a young lion, Simba, living in the African Pride Lands. When his father, Mufasa, dies because of his wicked uncle, Scar, Simba flees the Pride Lands. Eventually, he meets two unlikely friends, Timon and Pumbaa. But when the ravaged Pride Lands come to find the adult lion, Simba must take on his enemy and fulfill his destiny to be king. I’ve seen the show once before a few years ago, last time they came to Charlotte. After seeing the movie, the show before, and being very familiar with the music from the highly talked about broadway show, I had very high expectations for The Lion King. The show took place at the Belk Theater in Charlotte, NC on August 23rd. The stage was medium-sized with a full orchestra. The show opens up with the classic tune “Circle of Life” featuring the entire ensemble and Rafiki. This particular number really captured my attention. The music was very intense, powerful, and you felt the emotions through the strong voices. In addition, they had gigantic elephants walking within the audience on their way to the stage, while various types of animals gathered on the stage.
The show continues with songs including “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” “Be Prepared,” and ending the first act, “Hakuna Matata.” I was personally impressed by the two children who played young Simba and Nala. Their voices were very strong and definitely shined among the cast. The voice of the wicked uncle, Scar, was phenomenal. He had such a distinct voice and very well controlled. He was extremely suited for the role. The second act featured a spectacular performance of my favorite song in the show, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” Singers included the Ensemble, Timon, Pumbaa, Nala, and Simba. The performance was beautiful and the full orchestra did a fantastic job. Overall, I was impressed with the entire cast, but there were a few that were slightly under...

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