Disney's The Lion King Is “the Heartbeat of the World”
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(SPOT.ph) It's been 20 years since the hit Disney animated film The Lion King premiered as a musical at the New Amsterdam Theater in Broadway, and it has never stopped wowing viewers all over the world with various local productions since then. Just a few months after its two-decade anniversary on November 13, the hit musical is breaking new grounds with an international tour that premiered right here in the Philippines on March 18 at The Theater at Solaire in Parañaque City. The Manila leg runs until May 6, then the global cast and crew—represented by 18 nationalities including six Filipino actors—will make its way to Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, and South Africa.
“Circle of Life” with Rafiki (Ntsepa Pitjeng)
With its universal themes on love, betrayal, death, brotherhood, family, and a million different things, The Lion King has always remained relevant despite the passage of time. “It’s a human story that anyone can relate to,” Noxolo Dlamini (as Nala) points out in an interview with SPOT.ph. “It does not sit in a specific time, decade, or year. The message is also very universal. I think anyone in the Philippines, in Africa, in Europe—everyone can relate to the story and the experiences that the characters go through.”
“I also feel like it’s the heartbeat of the world. It’s like taking the Bible, the Qu’ran, everything together and put into a small script called The Lion King. If you want to go on a journey of discovering who you are, you come and watch our show and that could be the start,” Calyvn Grandling (as Simba) adds.
“They Live in You” with Mufasa (Mthokozisi Emkay Khanyile) and Young Simba (played alternately by Filipino actors Julien Dolor Jr., Gabriel Tiongson, and Omar Uddin)
“He Lives in You” (Reprise) with Simba (Calyvn Grandling)
"It's not even [just] a musical. It almost transcends the bounds of space and time—frozen into this magical world of bringing inanimate objects to life. You should come and see this amazing spectacle. It's mind-blowing," Mthokozisi Emkay Khanyile (Mufasa) gushes about the production.
As one of the longest-running musical productions, it’s almost a sin to miss Disney’s The Lion King in this lifetime.
The Lion King runs until May 6 May 20 at The Theater at Solaire, Solaire Resort and Casino, 1 Aseana Avenue, Parañaque City. Tickets, priced from P1,900 to P7,250, are available through Ticketworld.