Saturday, August 18, 2012

Disney's The Lion King Makes History

Can you believe it's been almost 15 years since The Lion King first opened on the Great White Way? I sure can't. Matter a fact just this week the show became the 5th longest running show on Broadway surpassing A Chorus Line.The show which opened to rave reviews in December of 1997 is Disney's most successful show since they first started producing musicals on Broadway in 1994.  Their first show was Beauty and the Beast and since that time six other shows have since opened. Some successful like Aida and Mary Poppins and most recently Newsies which won three Tony Awards. Some not so successful like Tarzan and The Little Mermaid. Their shows while good for families don't have the wide appeal that other shows seem to have like Wicked or The Phantom of the Opera. That is probably why their last few shows have failed to run as long as The Lion King has. It seems to me like they are running out of ideas. I dare say it's time for them to produce something original. Just because it was a hit movie doesn't mean it's going to work on stage. When you compare a $12 movie ticket to a $137 or more for a  Broadway ticket you better make sure it's worth it. Disney has made some great movies over the years that are not animated musicals. Maybe it's time to try something new. The Lion King won't last forever you know.

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