I love live theater of any kind. Unfortunately I don’t get many opportunities to go and see it (Eufaula isn’t exactly the art capital of Alabama). Today I got a chance to see something real though. Meredith and I met Sumer and Corey in Bham and we caught the Broadway Lion King on tour. If you have seen this play then you will understand what I am talking about. If you haven’t I don’t think I have the words to really do it justice.
At the end of the opening song I turned to Meredith and said, “That was worth the $60.” It was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. I found myself pointing at stuff like I was a little kid. In each scene throughout the rest of the play I found something new to be amazed about. Our seats were way in the back, but we still could see everything well. I was captivated by the pure spectacle of the thing. The acting was good and the singing was even better, but the costumes blew me away. It was so visually stunning that my eyes were hurting because I didn’t blink for fear of missing something.
To make the story work for the stage they added a few songs. The best of the new stuff is the song the monkey sings about how Mufassa (sp?) lives inside of Simba. It was powerful.
Of course I think that one of the best lines in any movie is when the monkey looks at Simba and says, “You Mufassa’s boy.” For me that scene just preaches. When we forget who we are, when we can’t seem to find our way or our identity, when everyone else is down on us, or we are down on ourselves we sometimes need someone to look at us and remind us who we are. We sometimes forget that we are royalty, that we are children of the king. You are God’s boy. And that defines who you are.
Anyway, preaching aside if you get a chance you must go and see this play. It was the best live show I have ever seen.