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The Lion King - National Tour

Experience the circle of life as Disney’s beloved film comes to eye-popping life onstage.

Review Bites: Critics Go Wild For The Lion King in New Orleans

The Lion King won six Tony Awards after opening on Broadway in 1997 and has been delighting audiences around the world ever since. The national tour is currently roaring in New Orleans at the Mahalia Jackson Theater, and critics are singing the praises of the Disney musical. We’ve rounded up what local reviewers are saying about this classic tale of a young prince who finds his way in the Circle of Life. Take a look, and then grab your tickets to see The Lion King in the Big Easy through April 15!

“Based on the Disney animated film, its magnificent evolution of the art of puppetry remains an astounding visual feast.” —Theodore P. Mahne, Times-Picayune

“Any questions you might have had about how Disney could turn its popular 1994 animated film, set in the Pride Lands of Africa, into a stage show are quickly put to rest, when an elephant, rhinoceros and giraffes walk on stage.” —Dominic Massa, Eyewitness News

“Award-winning director [Julie] Taymor created visual images for this show that will awe and amaze the local audience.” —Dean M. Shapiro, Bayou Buzz

“I liked the music and the lights and the costumes. [My friends would] really like to see the monkey shaking his bottom!” —Les Bon Temps Boy, Les Bon Temps Mom

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