Review Of The Spectacular Lion King Musical: In San Francisco Now

What could possibly be better than seeing the Lion King movie?!  I laughed with Pumbaa and Timon at all their jokes, in tears over Mustafa, blood boiled over Scar, cheered on as Nala and Simba discovered their love for each other, sang along with all the songs, and much more.  Well, let me tell you about the Lion King Musical.  Not only did I do all the same things as I did for the movie, the musical brought everything to life and delivered it a thousand times better than I could have imagined.  

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to see the Lion King Musical with Honey and 2 of our friends.  We were able to see the show in the Orchestra level, which I highly recommend because the show is filled with surprises throughout , which I won't spoil for you, and it's much more fun experiencing those surprises from the seats in the Orchestra level.  I am sure the show wil still be just as amazing even at the Balcony and Mezzanine levels but I would highly recommend Orchestra if you can snag those tickets.  One thing to note, do not be late to the show!  The first fifteen minutes of the show and after the intermission are exciting so what ever you do, make sure you are in your seats for it.  Plus I don't think they will let you in your seats if you are late until after the 15 minute hold.  If you must use the restroom during the 15 minute intermission and you are on the Orchestra level, I would suggest going downstairs to the restroom there to skip the long lines upstairs  It is a 2 hour and 30 minute long show so you will more than likely need to go!  Because it is 2 1/2 hours long, the show is suggested for children ages 6 and older and SHN's rules require children to be at least age 5 to attend the show.  So make it a date night like Honey and I did if you have young ones!  

I saw a beautiful sunrise during the show that will forever be ingrained in my memory.  The set was amazing, how it could bring to life what the actors were doing on stage.  Before the show, I thought the giraffes and gazelles in the show would be done as part of the set but during the show, I was in awe that they were actually played by people from the cast!  They made it look so believable and it was ingenious!  

That leads me to the costume designs, WOW!  The costumes were beautiful, very unique and filled with intricate details for each character.   I have to say, I really loved Scar and the hyenas' costumes a lot.   The music score was so fun and not only did they have classic favorites like "Hakuna Matata" but they had some new songs that I am sure will become favorites also.  We loved the music so much, we made sure to purchase the soundtrack so we could share the music with Kiggster too since she couldn't be there with us at the show!

The musical couldn't have been any better, filled with excitement, surprises, scenes that tugged at our heart strings, and of course, laughter!  We had such a fun night, we listened to the soundtrack all the way home, singing, laughing and talking all about our favorite scenes from the show!  We realized that we had tons of favorite scenes!  The Lion King Musical will only be in San Francisco until January 13, 2013.  Grab your tickets, whether for a date night, outing with friends, family gathering, or even a team building activity for work!  Tickets start at $35 for weekdays and $50 on weekends for Side Balcony seats and go up to around $150/$190 for Premium Orchestra seats.  Honey and I sat in Orchestra seats BB 122 and 124 and those tickets are $80/$110.  Student and senior discounts may be available for certain shows but there are group discounts for groups of 15 or more.  For more information on the show or to purchase tickets, go here!   You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter for updates on SHN shows and discounts.  Enjoy and Hakuna Matata!

Kangaroo Mama was provided tickets for free from the sponsor company for review but the opinions stated in this posting are completely my own honest opinion and not influenced by the sponsor company.  Pictures from the show are used with permission from SHN.

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