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« on: Jun 14, 2017, 05:40AM »

So I saw the touring version of the Lion King last night in Greenville, SC. $100 a pop for balcony tickets. The dancing, sets, puppetry, lighting, etc., were amazing. The music - at least in my mind - not so amazing. Not that the singers or band were bad, but it just seemed like 2 hours of the same song with slightly different lyrics. Nothing really stood out as a great Broadway song to me. I know it's Disney, so bland music is to be expected, but I just wasn't blown away by the show like other people seem to be. Does that make me a bad person?
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« Reply #1 on: Jun 14, 2017, 06:56AM »

A bit too much Elton John. 

I haven't seen the play but that was my feeling about the movie.
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« Reply #2 on: Jun 14, 2017, 06:57AM »

I played it for a month.  I didn't love it.  I'm not evil. 

I think.
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« Reply #3 on: Jun 14, 2017, 07:03AM »

Maybe.

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« Reply #4 on: Jun 14, 2017, 07:31AM »

I've played several weeks of Lion King and I like it, but I don't think anybody every claimed that what makes that show special is the music.
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« Reply #5 on: Jun 14, 2017, 09:03AM »

It does not!

I went and saw Ernest Shackleton Loves Me... went in with guarded expectations - It was excellent!
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Sadly it closed the same day - June 11th :/
 
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« Reply #6 on: Jun 14, 2017, 09:33AM »

I've played several weeks of Lion King and I like it, but I don't think anybody every claimed that what makes that show special is the music.
Repeated for emphasis.

Costumes and staging is where it is at here.  Visually stunning and immersive with people in the aisles and such.  The songs are still the songs, only so much they can do with the book.

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« Reply #7 on: Jun 14, 2017, 02:31PM »

I played it for a month.  I didn't love it.  I'm not evil. 

I think.

Sitting in the balcony, I was wondering if there was even a trombone in the pit for a long time. The french horn gets a lot of nice licks, but the percussion and flute really are the stars of the show. I guess there is not a lot of trombone in native African music.

Also, I was thinking, this show is pretty much Game of Thrones with puppets. Evil brother kills kings and banishes son to be raised by animals. Son grows up, hires a band of mercenary warthogs and retakes thrones. All you need is a wall and some ice.
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« Reply #8 on: Jun 14, 2017, 04:40PM »

I thought it was based on Hamlet. I'm pretty sure both predate "A Game of Thrones"
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« Reply #9 on: Jun 14, 2017, 09:20PM »

For a modern play it was just fine.  I don't mind the music.  Not all music needs to feature trombones (duck).  We saw it in 2001 in its 3rd year in Toronto, so maybe things have changed with the execution since then, but I thought it was money and time well spent.  My kids loved it and still remember the experience.
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« Reply #10 on: Jun 15, 2017, 06:05AM »

I thought it was based on Hamlet. I'm pretty sure both predate "A Game of Thrones"

I confess that the only Shakespeare I ever read was Romeo and Juliet when I was forced to in college. If I ever make it on Jeopardy, I will have to bone up pretty quickly.

The overall production was great, but I just didn't think the music was anything to get excited about. My favorite was the dude in the warthog costume.
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« Reply #11 on: Jun 15, 2017, 06:41AM »

Musical Hamlet?

pfff... it's been done before.
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« Reply #12 on: Jun 15, 2017, 06:50AM »

Does that make me a bad person?

Oh, thou art evil! Truly evil! May shame be heaped upon thee! Thou art in league with others who bathe cats mercilessly and provide reasonable discipline to bratty children! Be you cast into the pit of despair, and be forced to play bad muzak versions of Barry Manilow at non-union pay!  Evil

There. Now do you feel bettter?  ;-)
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« Reply #13 on: Jun 15, 2017, 07:24AM »

Musical Hamlet?

pfff... it's been done before.

Don't forget Cop Rock.

I kind of liked it but it crashed very quickly. 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098772/

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« Reply #14 on: Jun 15, 2017, 02:48PM »

Be you cast into the pit of despair, and be forced to play bad muzak versions of Barry Manilow at non-union pay!  Evil


Since the whole state of SC doesn't even have an AFM chapter that I am aware of, I don't even know what union pay is. I'm pretty sure it's better than the $15 an hour I make at the local community theater.
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