Saturday, June 22, 2013
What a delightful afternoon at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center! The Broadway production of LION KING was worth the 7 year wait.
Yep, the last time the play was performed in Tulsa was 7 years ago. I remember the day! It was moving day for us as we relocated to Broken Arrow, OK. As we unpacked boxes, I heard that the famous musical was leaving town after a 2 week run. I was SO disappointed that we missed it by a hair.
It was worth the wait!!! Honeybuns and I joined the sold out crowd, including many children. The music was fabulous of course (Can you Feel the Love Tonight, and The Circle of Life) and the story very well known. (We've watched the video countless times with the grand kids.) But it was the costumes that stole the show.
I'd expected much, but was blown away by the engineering and the colors and detail of the hyenas, zebras, giraffes, elephants, wildebeest, and other African animals. The actors made all the gears, wheels, stilts, strings and springs of the puppets work flawlessly even as they danced to the African drumbeat down the aisles. The beasts came to LIFE!
Mufasa and Scar talked, battled and stared each other down as they determined who would be King of the jungle. Simba danced with Nala and was reminded of his true identity by the crazy baboon, Rafiki. Timon and Pumbaa brought the audience to tears with their antics and jokes. Even the Savannah came to life as dancers balanced huge plots of "green grass" on their heads.
I cannot imagine what this production team could do to make it better. What talent!
It was a magical afternoon. I'd go again in a minute!
It was a Saturday of "Hakuna Matata."