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The king is back

No, we are not talking about Shakespeare’s famous revenge play, “Hamlet” Emily Thorne should be really envious by the way) but about one of Disney’s masterpieces: “The Lion King”.

Curious fact: Do you think it is a coincidence that “Hamlet” appears in this story? Not at all!! If I told you that this is a story about a prince (either from the savannah or from Denmark) whose uncle killed his father (the king) in order to be the ruler of the kingdom… Does it sound vaguely familiar to you? If we add to the mix Africa and some alterations of the original story, we have “The Lion King”.

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Magnificent music by Sir Elton John, fantastic recreation of the animals from the African savannah, and an amazing storyline that makes everyone (both boys and girls) love this movie. Disney’s work was rewarded with two Oscars for best soundtrack and best original song. Back then (in 1994) the category of Oscar for the best animated movie still did not exist, we had to wait until 2001 for that, but I bet it would have won it if it had existed back then. Anyway, the movie was such a success that in 1997 a musical play was created based on it.

Just a couple of days ago I have experienced the amazing satisfaction of watching the musical in London, and what can I say? I almost got dehydrated myself!! Here is when I admit that every time I watch the movie (no matter how old I get), there are these two scenes where the my tears dam opens: at “The Circle of Life” first scene and at Mufasa’s death. So, as to keep up with tradition, I had to cry while watching those scenes. Luckily for me, I was not the only one losing water. So, mission accomplished!

What really surprised me about the musical, is how they have managed to recreate everything so perfectly on stage. because as most people do, while you are watching the musical, you cannot stop thinking to yourself: how are they going to make this scene on the stage? It is completely awesome!! How the story, the music, the dance, the dressing, the make-up, the colours, everything gets into you so perfectly!! All of it!! This is definitely one of the best musicals i have had the opportunity to watch. And i can ensure you, that this would be not the last time  watch it. So, if you have the chance to watch it, you better wake up and move your ass to the theatre!!

· Did you know?

– One of three Disney movies to win a Golden Globe for Best Picture. The other two are “Beauty and the Beast” (1991) and “toy Story 2” (1999) (all three were in the category “Comedy or Musical”).

– Premiered at the famed Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

– In the end of the scene where Mufasa explains to Simba that the stars are old kings, we can see the constellation of Leo (the lion) in the sky.

– The Lion King opened on Broadway in 1997. The musical garnered 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and is produced by Disney Theatrical.

– The highest grossing movie of 1994 worldwide and the second highest in the US behind “Forrest Gump” (1994).

– The Broadway production of “The Lion King” opened at the New Amsterdam Theater on October 15, 1997, has run for 6325 performances and is the fifth longest-running show on Broadway (as of February 2013). “The Lion King” won the 1998 Tony Award (New York City) for the Best Musical and received nominations for Best Score and Best Book.

– The team working on the movie was supposedly Disney’s “team B”, who were “kept busy” while “team A” worked on “Pocahontas” (1995), on which the production had much higher hopes.

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For more information: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110357/?ref_=tttr_tr_tt

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