Leave Your Worries Behind at Disney’s The Lion King!

Leave Your Worries Behind at Disney’s The Lion King!
The Tree of Life from THE LION KING National Tour.  Disney.  Photo Credit:  Joan Marcus.

The Tree of Life from THE LION KING National Tour. ©Disney. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus.

On Friday evening my husband and I left the hustle and bustle of our lives behind, to attend Broadway Across Canada’s season of Disney’s The Lion King at Queen Elizabeth Theater.

We have never had the pleasure of seeing a Broadway production so we were not sure what to expect. When we took our seats at the Queen Elizabeth Theater you could feel the excitement in the crowd as the lights began to dim and the sounds of drums start to full the air.

As the show begins you are brought into a little piece of Africa as the Theater fills with rustling savannah grass, roaming giraffes, leaping antelopes, wondering elephants and roaring lions!

Jelani Remy as “Simba” and the ensemble in “He Lives in You” from THE LION KING National Tour.  Disney.  Photo Credit:  Joan Marcus.

Jelani Remy as “Simba” and the ensemble in “He Lives in You” from THE LION KING National Tour. ©Disney. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus.

The story in mostly the same as the animated film, however the sountrack was expanded to include 3 new favourites, “They Live In You”, “Shadowland” and “Endless Night”. Though I will say my favourite number of the night was the opening number of the classic by Elton John and Tim Rice of “Circle Of Life”. It gave me the chills – There is nothing quite like having a heard of giraffes walk past!

We were amazed at how this show captives the audience by not only using centre stage. They made use of mezzanines, aisles and corners of the theater of ensure that no matter where you were in the audience you had a captivating experience.

Everyone involved in this production put on an outstanding performance, from the leading cast, the collection who sang and danced in the background, down to the orchestra down below.  It was a night I will never forget. Next time I think I would like to bring my oldest son, as I feel this would have been a great show to introduce him to the theater.

There is still lots of time for you to attend Disney`s The Lion King, that will be showing at the Queen Elizabeth Theater until July 12th.

Lion King

Nick Cordileone and Ben Lipitz as Timon and Pumbaa |©Disney Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Event Details:

Date: June 18 – July 12

Performance Listing:

Week 1: Thursday, June 18 through Saturday, June 20 evenings at 7:30 pm, Sunday, June 21 evening at 6:30 pm.  Matinees run Saturday, June 20 at 2:00 pm, Sunday, June 21 matinee at 1:00 pm.

Week 2: Tuesday, June 23 through Saturday, June 27 evenings at 7:30 pm, Sunday June 28 evening at 6:30 pm.  Matinees run Thursday, June 25 and Saturday, June 27 at 2:00 pm, Sunday, June 28 at 1:00pm.

Week 3: Tuesday, June 30 through Saturday, July 4 evenings at 7:30 pm, Sunday, July 5 at 6:30 pm, matinees Saturday, July 4 at 2:00 pm and Sunday, July 5 at 1:00 pm.

Week 4: Tuesday, July 7 through Saturday, July 11 evenings at 7:30 pm.  Matinees run Thursday, July 9 at 2:00 pm, Saturday, July 11 at 2:00 pm and Sunday, July 12 at 1:00 pm.

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 649 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC

Tickets are on sale now at online or by calling 1-855-985-5000. Tickets start at $35.00 (plus applicable service charges).

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**Disclosure: I received tickets in order to facilitate a review. The opinions expressed are my own.**

About Michelle Bastien

Originally from Nova Scotia, she is now living in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia with her husband and their three young sons. After working in customer service for over 16 years, she recently took the plunge to live her dream of being a homemaker. Her house is very loud and pretty crazy but she wouldn’t have it any other way.